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West Nile Virus – May Not Know You Have It

Posted: Saturday, July 24th, 2010 at 7:00 am

West Nile Virus has been detected in humans or animals in each county in the state, and summer flooding has increased the number of mosquitoes in southeast Iowa. Washington County Public Health Program Director Chrystal Woeller says the symptoms of West Nile Virus are more apparent in the very young and elderly, but for others they can be so mild that you don’t even know you have it. She says while once identified, a virus like West Nile has to run its course, treatments are available for complications associated with the disease. For more information, contact the Washington County Office of Public Health at 653.7758.