DES MOINES The State of Iowa will receive $400,000 from the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention to battle the mosquito-borne West Nile
Virus, Governor Vilsack announced today.
Vilsack said the federal funds would be used to assist Iowa in dealing
with the infection.
With todays report of the first confirmed human case of West
Nile Virus in Iowa, we must continue to do everything we can to combat
this disease and to provide health care security to Iowa families,
Vilsack and Dr. Stephen Gleason, Director of the Iowa Department of Public
Health, said the money would be used in three key areas:
University of Iowa Hygienic Lab - $304,284 to assist the lab in
the testing of human, bird and mosquito samples for West Nile.
Iowa State University - $60,716 to support the collection of mosquitoes
for testing, as well as research into the ability of the virus to survive
Iowa Department of Public Health - $35,000 to provide for West
Nile Virus education materials for both the general public and professional
West Nile Virus has rapidly moved this summer into states that hadnt
been infected before, said Dr. Steven Ostroff, deputy director of
the CDCs National Center for Infectious Diseases. Were
pleased to be able to award Iowa these funds to support the public health
community and combat this virus.
Vilsack and Gleason reminded Iowans today to continue to take measures
to protect themselves and their families from exposure to mosquitoes.
This includes avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes
are most active; wearing a long-sleeved shirt and pants when possible;
and using mosquito-repellents containing DEET.