Lambton resident tests positive for West Nile virus


The person who died is the fourth confirmed case in the county this year.

The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) announced the first Iowa death this year associated with West Nile virus. Three additional cases are under investigation.

There were six cases of West Nile virus last year in New Mexico according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - but that's up sharply to 27 already so far this year. Bob Lutz, SRHD health officer, said.

Pinellas County Mosquito Control confirmed the birds were located in the Sawgrass Lake and Lake Maggiore areas of St. Petersburg, and tested positive for the virus on Thursday. These individuals are urged to take precautions to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes during mosquito season, which extends from June 1 through November 1.

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"This death related to West Nile is tragic and reminds us to protect ourselves and our families from mosquitoes", said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.

To avoid mosquito bites, officials stress reducing mosquito breeding sites around your home by draining or routinely emptying anything that holds water.

Citizens are urged to protect themselves from mosquitoes by staying indoors during the peak hours of mosquito activity at dawn and dusk when possible; using approved mosquito repellants, and ensuring screens and seals are intact around windows and doors.

West Nile season begins in July and goes through October. Anyone with questions about the virus should speak to their health care provider.