A Mild Winter Causes an Earlier Mosquito-Borne Disease Season in Minneapolis

West Nile Virus found at the beginning of June in local mosquitoes! This is unusually early and could be due to the early onset of mosquitoes this spring.

Minneapolis Mosquito Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

MPR News reminds us the typical season for West Nile Virus in Minneapolis starts in mid to late June, and human cases start to show up in late July through September. According to Valley News, a mosquito tested from the Minneapolis metro area on June 6th tested positive. The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District tests mosquitoes every week and says this is as early as they have ever seen a positive West Nile Virus test result.

It is unclear whether this means we could be facing a worse than normal West Nile Virus season or not, but it is a reminder of the importance to remain vigilant about mosquito bite prevention. Last year there were 83 human cases of West Nile Virus reported in Minnesota, five were fatal. While it is not a common disease, it only takes one bite from an infected mosquito, and it is extremely dangerous.

West Nile Virus Symptoms

West Nile Virus is caused by a bite from an infected mosquito. While 70-80% of those infected will never have a symptom, those who do may experience body aches, headaches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash. See your doctor immediately if you suspect West Nile.

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