West Nile virus found in Iowa


Iowa health officials confirm the first human case of West Nile virus for 2012 has been diagnosed in their state.

A Lyon County woman between 61 and 80 years of age is reportedly currently recovering from the disease.

Even though drought conditions have dramatically reduced mosquito populations, they still exist and West Nile virus is still a threat.

Less than one percent of people infected with West Nile virus will become seriously ill.  About 20 percent of people infected with the virus have mild to moderate symptoms like fever, headache, body aches and vomiting.

West Nile virus has been found in humans, horses or birds in every county in Iowa since it first appeared in 2002. 

Nine human cases of West Nile virus were diagnosed in Iowa in 2011.  Two of those people died from the disease.

Illinois had its first human case for this year diagnosed in July 2012.



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