Mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus found in Iowa Great Lakes area



The Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region is reminding Reginans to take the necessary precautions against West Nile Virus after mosquitoes carrying the disease were found in the city. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

So far in DE this year, no cases of WNV or EEE have been found in humans or horses.

The Dickinson County Public Health Director says the mosquitoes infected with West Nile are most active in the evening.

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Most people bitten by an infected mosquito will have no symptoms at all.

That's because standing water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes. Of the 317 West Nile virus cases overall, 38 (15 percent) have died due to their infection. Since 1999, the number of human cases has ranged from three to 47 annually.

The department had said last month that the first mosquitoes of the year had tested positive for the eastern equine encephalitis virus.

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Culex tarsalis mosquitoes that carry West Nile are most likely to bite during warm evenings and between dusk and dawn so limiting time outside then will limit exposure to those mosquitoes.

"West Nile virus infection can cause a mild or moderate flu-like illness, or sometimes no symptoms at all".

According to the release, the sample was found in a pool of tested mosquitoes from the ZIP code 49507.

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