Human West Nile virus (WNV) risk the highest since 2003

September 12, 2018

Based on recent findings from the state mosquito surveillance program run by Assistant Professor Ryan Smith and in close collaboration with the Iowa Department of Public Health, there have been high levels of WNV activity in mosquito populations in Central Iowa. To date there have been 30 human cases of WNV in Iowa (including 3 deaths) and are currently on pace to have the highest number of cases of WNV in the state since 2003.

Over the next few weeks, take added precautions to wear mosquito repellents and protective clothing when spending time outdoors, especially during the twilight hours when Culex mosquitoes that can transmit WNV are most active. Read more information about WNV.