Published: Sat, August 04, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Mosquitoes with West Nile virus have been found in Louisville.

The Province says the person is under 10 years old and lives in the Southern Health region and was likely exposed in early July.

A resident in Mead has been hospitalized with a neuro-invasive form of West Nile Virus - the most serious form of the illness, according to a release from the Weld County Department of Public Health and Environment.

Fairfax County health officials said they've seen a "large increase" in mosquitoes carrying the virus.

"It's peak season for mosquito activity, and it's important that we all be vigilant and take precautions when enjoying the outdoors this time of year", said CU Boulder Assistant Director for Environmental Operations Rob Lenahan.

The health department operates a mosquito control program and checks traps set in the community to test for diseases like West Nile, Zika and St. Louis Encephalitis.

Reports of West Nile infection comes after the deadly spread of the Nipah virus in the district. Fairfax County health officials said they had five reports of people contracting West Nile virus a year ago but none in 2016. They can include fever, headache, nausea and vomiting, but most people don't develop any symptoms at all.

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.

People 60 and older or people with medical conditions are at the greatest risk. 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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