Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

Iowa reports 1st West Nile virus death of 2018

The man - who is the first confirmed human case of West Nile in Idaho this year - fell ill but has since recovered, SWDH spokesperson Katrina Williams told KTVB.

West Nile fever is a virus infection typically spread by infected mosquitoes.

"These traps are tested weekly from June to September, and with this recent confirmation of West Nile virus activity, we are increasing our efforts in the area surrounding the positive traps by looking for breeding sites and re-treating catch basins with larvicide".

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Health department director Dr. Sarah Moyer said in the release that precautions should be taken.

Several mosquito traps in Canyon County have tested positive for the virus this season, including one collected on July 20 in the Roswell Marsh area off Highway 18 near the Idaho-Oregon border.

In Maryland, there were five reported cases of West Nile past year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after a person has been bitten and can include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, body aches, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

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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. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

Those most at risk for serious complications are people older than 50 and people with suppressed immune systems. You can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by eliminating standing water in gutters, buckets pool covers, pet dishes and birdbaths.

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