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Dallas County First West Nile Death 2018

10 August 2018
Dallas County First West Nile Death 2018

In the third week of July, 28 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile - 12 more cases than the average 16 typically reported at that time for the past 12 years, according to the governor's office.

"This is the first direct evidence of West Nile activity in our area this summer", reads a release from Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

Scott Sawlis of Dallas County Health and Human Services demonstrates a mosquito trap.

North Iowa says it is treating a confirmed case of West Nile Virus.

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

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, confusion, muscles weakness and severe headache. People older than 50 are most at risk for WNV infection as are those with weakened immune systems.

Cover up with light-colored clothes, long sleeves and trousers when outdoors or while in areas where mosquito activity is high.

They are most active at dawn and dusk and will bite humans as well as other mammals and birds. Wearing light-coloured, long-sleeved shirts, pants, socks and a hat is recommended, as is using insect repellent containing DEET or Icaridin.

Remove standing water around the home at least once a week to reduce mosquito breeding grounds.