West Nile Virus Detected in 36 States

Glen Mclaughlin
August 4, 2018

The department said the child was experiencing neurological symptoms and was hospitalized.

No cases of West Nile have been reported in people yet for 2018.

West Nile Virus is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite.

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

"West Nile virus is in Iowa", said IDPH Deputy Epidemiologist, Dr. Ann Garvey.

Fairfax County health officials said they've seen a "large increase" in mosquitoes carrying the virus. But officials say to avoid false positives, which are common among such infections, a second sample will be sent to NIV in 10 days for a confirmation.

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The number of confirmed infections can vary from year to year. Tests confirmed that the person had the neuro-invasive form of the virus. But one person was infected past year and survived.in 2016, two people contracted the disease with one death. Symptoms include fever, fatigue, headache, body aches, skin rashes and swollen lymph nodes.

Overall, 39 cases of West Nile have been reported in humans as of July 24.

Most people make a full recovery over weeks or months, officials said, but severe cases can lead to meningitis, paralysis and even death, according to experts.

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.

Homeowners are also asked to eliminate standing water by cleaning eaves troughs, emptying bird baths, covering rain barrels with mosquito screens, getting rid of containers that collect water and landscaping for better drainage.

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