West Nile virus confirmed in Chickasaw County

Second-worst year for the disease in Iowa since 2002.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 12:26 PM
Updated: Sep 24, 2018 2:59 PM

NEW HAMPTON, Iowa – A case of West Nile virus has been confirmed in Chickasaw County.

The county’s public health department is not releasing any information on the case, other than to confirm it’s the first one in 2018.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has reported 39 confirmed cases of West Nile virus so far this year, with another 34 under investigation. Three deaths in 2018 have been linked to the virus.

Health officials say this is the second-highest number of West Nile virus cases since the disease was first found in Iowa in 2002. More cases of the virus could develop before the first hard frost. Experts say 70 to 80 percent of people infected with West Nile do not develop symptoms.

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