Published: Sat, August 12, 2017
World | By Paul Elliott

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Iowa Great Lakes area

Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Iowa Great Lakes area

Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

Douglas County health officials report that the county has had its first confirmed case of West Nile virus for 2017.

It was found in a pool of mosquitos where a trap was placed in the city of Grand Rapids. Dr. David Holcombe with the Office of Public Health says the virus is transmitted by household mosquitos that are common in Louisiana.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. So far this year, 19 cases of West Nile have been reported in Louisiana.

So far in DE this year, no cases of WNV or EEE have been found in humans or horses. "In some people, particularly those 60 and older or who have weakened immune systems, West Nile virus can cause a serious and potentially fatal infection of the brain and spinal cord", according to the Health Department. Less than one percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis and coma.

West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October.

Four other traps in the testing surveillance project are created to attract Aedes Egypti and Aedes Albopictus mosquitoes - two species known to carry Zika virus.

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