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Nebraska health officials report death linked to West Nile Virus

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Published: Jul. 12, 2019 at 12:00 PM CDT
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The Department of Health and Human Services has confirmed that a Nebraska woman has died of West Nile virus - the first case of West Nile in Nebraska this year.

The woman was between 25 and 50-years-old and had an underlying medical condition which makes a person more likely to experience serious consequences from West Nile exposure.

Where in the state the death occurred was not immediately released.

DHHS said the woman started experiencing symptoms very early, outside of the usual West Nile season. State epidemiologists said this an unusual case and appears to be an anomaly.

"If we look at potential explanations, our epidemiologists said it's possible that a mosquito wintered and then emerged very early and infected this person. They said it is also possible that an early emerging mosquito fed on an infected bird that happened to be within the area and the mosquito may have then bit the person," a DHHS spokesperson said.

You can find information on the prevention and treatment of West Nile Virus on

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West Nile in Iowa

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa officials have reported the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus.
   
The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.
   
Dr. Caitlin Pedati is the department's medical director and Pedati says that until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.
   
Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.
   
State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. More information about the virus is available online.
 

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