2 SW IA men recovering from effects of the West Nile virus


October 5th, 2012 by Ric Hanson

An official with the Iowa Department of Public Health says two southwest Iowa men are recovering from the West Nile virus. The Omaha World-Herald says according to IDPH Communications Director Polly Carver-Kimm, the men, ages 61-to 80,  are from Page County, but their names cannot be released because of HIPPA rules. Carver-Kimm says the men were infected with the virus, which is caused by mosquitoes carrying the disease, last month.

Symptoms of the West Nile virus typically include fever, headache, fatigue, body aches, swollen lymph nodes and skin rash. Some people may develop more severe illnesses. Carver-Kimm said the majority of people with West Nile have no symptoms and no illness. The incubation period for the virus, from the bite to symptoms, is between two and 15 days. Symptoms will last a few days to several weeks. Nineteen Iowans in 16 counties have been diagnosed with West Nile virus in 2012. No West Nile virus-related deaths have been reported this year. Last year, there were nine human cases resulting in two deaths