Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Iowa Reports First West Nile Death of 2018

Those zip codes include 40212, 40213 and 40214, according to the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness.

State public health officials and the governor's office warned people on Thursday about increased West Nile virus activity.

Humans can catch the virus through mosquito bites.

The DEP and its county partners across the state have been conducting routine, localized spraying to control infected adult populations of mosquitoes. Those most susceptible are people 50 years old and older and those whose immunity is suppressed because of a disease such as cancer or diabetes.

The disease is most commonly transmitted to humans through a mosquito bite. Other repellents containing picaridin, IR3535, oil of lemon eucalyptus or para-menthane-diol are also effective against mosquitoes.

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Use DEET-enhanced insect repellent or alternatives. Long sleeves and trousers if possible.

· Wear light-colored clothing.

Dr. Benjamin Schwartz, director of epidemiology and population health with the Fairfax County Health Department said people should use mosquito repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, R3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus; wear long trousers and long sleeves, and avoid areas where mosquitoes are common, particularly during dawn and dusk.

For more information, visit peelregion.ca/westnile or call Region of Peel - Public Health at 905-799-7700 from 8:30 a.m.to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday.

It comes one day after bug expert Taz Stuart told Global News that August long weekend is traditionally the riskiest time of year to be infected by the disease. Seventeen people died due to the Nipah virus in Kerala, out of which 16 cases were confirmed in lab.

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