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West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says

09 August 2018

West Nile virus is a disease that is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito.

On August 3, the Iowa Public Health Department reported the state's first death from West Nile in 2018 was an 81-year-old man who lived in central Iowa.

Between 70 percent and 80 percent of people that become infected with West Nile Virus do not develop any symptoms. They can be infected when they feed on the blood of infected birds. In a small number of cases, especially among those with pre-existing medical risk factors, West Nile can be life threatening.

Lambton Public Health is encouraging residents to continue taking usual precautions to avoid mosquitoes and bites, as well as reducing mosquito breeding grounds around properties by eliminating standing water.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap. The Health Unit has been trapping and testing mosquitoes since June.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

Take extra protection measures at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.

At this point a year ago, DCHHS had reported six West Nile infections. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected previous year, two died from the mosquito-borne illness. He's a Dallas native and a graduate of the University of North Texas.

West Nile virus found in mosquitoes trapped in Mitchell, health unit says