SHENANDOAH, Iowa — Two Page County men are recovering from the West Nile virus, caused by mosquitoes carrying the disease, according to Polly Carver-Kimm, Iowa Department of Public Health communications director.
The names of the men cannot be released, but they were both 61 to 80 years old, and were infected last month, said Carver-Kimm.
West Nile virus symptoms 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.
West Nile will be a concern until a freeze kills the virus. 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, whereas last year, there were nine human cases with two deaths.
— World-Herald News Service