Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

Connecticut towns in which WNV-infected mosquitoes have been detected as of Aug. 2

Connecticut towns in which WNV-infected mosquitoes have been detected as of Aug. 2

The department says 12 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus previous year and two died.

West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

There are no reported human cases at this time.

The child, from the Southern Health region, was likely exposed in early July and experienced neurological symptoms, the province said.

The Department of Public Health and Wellness said in a release that surveillance traps in three local zip codes turned up infected mosquitoes including 40212, 40213, and 40214.

"In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county", Fairfax officials said.

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The positive test in Oakville came from mosquitoes trapped this week. The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months. Severe cases can lead to more serious illnesses, such as encephalitis and paralysis, and in some cases it can be fatal.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache, body aches, a skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms.

Despite the low numbers of nuisance mosquitoes this summer, the numbers of infected Culex tarsalis continue to increase.

The most vulnerable to the virus are people age 50 and older and those who have weakened immune systems because of diseases such as diabetes and cancer.

To reduce the number of mosquitoes in your yard, be sure to remove any standing water from items such as pots, hot tubs, pools, buckets or wheelbarrows.

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