Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

Dallas County announces first West Nile Virus death of 2018

North Iowa says it is treating a confirmed case of West Nile Virus.

According to test results received by the health unit on Tuesday, mosquitoes collected from a trap located in Wyoming on August 1 tested positive for the virus. This follows last week's positive test result in Woodstock.

The most up-to-date information from Public Health Ontario shows there have been three reported human cases of West Nile virus, two in Toronto and one that is travel-related.

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This is the second positive finding as part of West Nile virus surveillance this summer.

The treatment is meant to decrease the mosquito population and minimize the risk of transmission of West Nile Virus. Health officials note that even a container as small as a bottle cap can become a mosquito breeding ground, so residents should take to eliminate standing water.

Those that do, usually experience mild flu-like symptoms like fever, headache, skin rash or muscle aches. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

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