West Nile Virus
West Nile virus is back, and officials are urging Minnesotans to avoid mosquito bites, dump out standing water and report dead birds.
A Pope County woman has become Minnesota’s first confirmed case of West Nile virus this season. She was diagnosed with the virus on Aug. 2, according to David Nietzel with the Minnesota Department of Health. He says most often people can have it and not know it.
West Nile Virus is back in Minnesota. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control says a mosquito sample collected in Scott County tested positive for the virus this week. So far, there are no human cases of the virus in the state.
Now that the weather’s getting nice, Minnesota’s most common pest is popping out. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said over the Memorial Day weekend there was an explosion in the mosquito population.
In Minnesota, it’s well known that rabbits can’t even multiply at the rate of mosquitoes. “I noticed earlier this year on one of the first nice days we all went outside and we all got bit,” said Amy Hall of Minneapolis.
A second person has died in connection with West Nile virus, according to the latest numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Health. According to the newest figures, there are now 29 cases of confirmed West Nile in the state of Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health reports that there have been 25 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in the state this year. The updated numbers include four cases where the virus was detected in blood donors.
Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health said the first death from West Nile virus in the state for 2013 was reported Monday. Health department officials said so far this year, there have been 16 cases of the mosquito-based virus reported in Minnesota.
State health officials say a Murray County man has Minnesota’s first case of the West Nile virus this year. The man got sick with West Nile fever earlier this month and is recovering. The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease.
Officials have given out the warning to Twin Cities residents: West Nile Virus is back. Authorities with the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District said Wednesday a sample of mosquitoes collected in Carver County tested positive for West Nile Virus.
Mosquitoes are not exactly the sign of spring that most of us look for.
Health officials confirmed Tuesday that West Nile virus is on the rise in Minnesota. Officials with the Minnesota Department of Health have confirmed nine more cases of West Nile virus.
There is good news and bad news surrounding the number of West Nile cases in Minnesota.
The Minnesota Department of Health is reporting an elderly man has died due to West Nile virus. According to the health department, the man’s death marks the 16th West Nile-related death in this state since 2002.
Health officials are confirming a northern Minnesota man has been infected with the West Nile Virus. He’s the first confirmed case of 2012.