West Nile Virus Found At Iowa Great Lakes

Mosquitos carrying West Nile Virus have been found in the Iowa Great Lakes Area.

Dickinson County Public Health Director of Population and Public Health Brandon Rohrig says mosquitos carrying the virus were caught in a live trap at Templar Park on Big Spirit Lake. While most people bitten by an infected mosquito will develop no symptoms at all, a mild disease, known as West Nile Fever occurs in 20 percent of those affected.

The onset of symptoms is sudden and includes a rash, nausea, vomiting, eye pain and a headache. Less than one percent of those infected will develop a severe neurological form of the disease such as West Nile encephalitis or meningitis, which can be fatal.

Rohrig says the mosquito traps were located in four different locations in the Lakes Area during June and July.

(Story from KUOO/KUQQ, Spirit Lake)