West Nile Virus Confirmed in Minnesota

WEST NILE VIRUS

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KIMT NEWS 3 — Minnesota now has its first case of West Nile Virus of the season.

The Minnesota Department of Health says a man in Murray County became ill with West Nile Fever earlier this month.

He is recovering.

With a larger mosquito population this year because of our very wet spring, health officials say we will likely see more cases of West Nile.

And now, we’re in the high-risk part of the season.

“This particular type of mosquito that passes on West Nile Virus starts biting in July entering August,” Director of Freeborn County Public Health Sue Yost said. “And so, it’s actually very common for this time of year to see cases of West Nile virus.”

West Nile is potentially deadly in the elderly and very young, so it’s recommended to use mosquito repellant, deet is most effective.

Iowa got its first case of West Nile 19 days ago.

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