West Nile Virus Detected in 36 States

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The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Friday that the victim was 81 or older and lived in central Iowa.

The first case of West Nile virus infection in Virginia this year has been reported in Fairfax County, coming on the heels of a confirmed case in Maryland. Test results later confirmed that West Nile virus was the culprit.

The health department said there has been a large increase of mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus across the county, which is happening earlier this summer compared to prior years.

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The Southwest District Health Department said that the man lives in Canyon County, but may have been exposed in Adams County as well.

"In recent years, when one human case occurs in an area, other cases often follow in the same part of the county", Fairfax officials said.

Several mosquito traps in Canyon County have tested positive for the virus this season, including one collected on July 20 in the Roswell Marsh area off Highway 18 near the Idaho-Oregon border. The majority of people who develop this type of West Nile virus recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

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West Nile virus, spread by the bite of an infected mosquito, can affect a person's nervous system. WNV infections are generally mild but can, in more serious cases, cause encephalitis, meningitis, loss of vision, paralysis, coma, tremors, convulsions and death. Symptoms can include muscle aches, headache and fever. A rare number of people can experience more significant symptoms.

You should also take steps to reduce standing water where mosquitoes breed.

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