Those of us who live in Iowa are incredibly privileged to have such an outstanding research organization in our home state. Iowa State University’s entomology department is one of the best in the nation and we are lucky enough to have the entomology department keeping us informed. Earlier this year the research was finalized that stated there were not any mosquitoes in Iowa found with the Zika virus. I can’t tell you how happy that makes me and we pray that will continue to be the case through 2017.
Unfortunately during the research, mosquitoes did test positive for another virus that we have all heard of in the past. Although the effects of this virus are not as visually scary as Zika, but they are still life threatening. Ryan Smith of the Entomology department said “46 positive pools is the second highest total the medical entomology lab has identified in its history. The highest total of positive pools was 66 in 2013.”