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Mosquito-related illnesses strike area


Fri, Aug 6th, 2004
Posted in Features

The increased rainfall this spring and summer has provided great areas for mosquitoes to breed in abundance. Mosquitoes have no real health benefit and are commonly responsible for such diseases as La Crosse Encephalitis, West Nile Fever, Malaria, and Dengue Fever.

From 1985-2001, Fillmore County had 7 of the 101 cases of La Crosse Encephalitis found in Minnesota. La Crosse Encephalitis, like other types of encephalitis, is identified by such symptoms as a high fever, headaches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, and coma. The effects of La Crosse Encephalitis are often worse for children and those with compromised immunity. Only 1-3% of people infected with La Crosse Encephalitis die from this illness. An additional 15% of patients with the illness will have long-term nervous system problems. The most recent Fillmore County case of La Crosse Encephalitis occurred during the summer of 2001 in a young girl from Spring Valley.

La Crosse Encephalitis is a viral illness transmitted by the Eastern Tree Hole Mosquito. This mosquito is predominantly found in the southeastern region of Minnesota. Its black and silver striped body and daytime feeding behavior easily separates this type of mosquito from other types of mosquitoes. The Eastern Tree Hole Mosquito thrives in shady areas with stagnant water sources for breeding grounds because they can only fly up to 200 yards.

The most recent mosquito-related illness to affect Minnesota is the West Nile Virus (WNV). In 2002, the West Nile Virus was responsible for the infection of 48 humans, 992 horses, and 342 birds from Minnesota. Fillmore County alone had 19 horses infected with the West Nile Virus. In 2003, 148 humans, 18 human blood donors, 74 horses, 4 chickens, 8 other mammals, and 433 birds were confirmed with the West Nile Virus. Fillmore County had 4 horses infected with the virus in 2003. Since May 1, 2004 there have been 2 horses and 78 birds infected with the disease. The first human case of WNV was just reported in a 28-year old male from McLeod on August 3, 2004. Thus far in 2004, Fillmore County has had only one dead bird confirmed with WNV.

The West Nile Virus is only transmitted to wild birds, chickens, horses, other mammals, and humans when bitten by infected mosquitoes. If a person, bird, or animal contracts the West Nile Virus they cannot pass it to other sources. The chance of developing a serious illness a .....
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Citizens speak out on Heartland at county input session

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - Citizens Input never got more popular. Held the last Tuesday of each month to allow citizens to raise issues, the July 27 Fillmore County Board meeting attracted more than 40 people voicing their support or opposition to the proposed Heartl ..... 
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Rabies outbreak in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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PRESTON - The veterinarians at Root River Veterinary Center in Preston have seen a dramatic increase in the number of diagnosed cases of rabies. They have confirmed four cases of rabies during the month of July. The infected animals were a skunk, two ..... 
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Rushford City Council Report: Council investigates power supply options

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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RUSHFORD - Brian Krambeer, CEO of Tri-County Electric Cooperative, was the first to address the Rushford City Council at their regular July 26th council meeting as the council explored options for electric utility memberships with Tri-County and UMMP ..... 
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EDA application process will Scrutinize Heartland need for JOBZ subsidy

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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If and when Heartland fills out the Business Subsidy Application with Fillmore County, they will be asked to make several declarations:

•Have there ever been judgements or injunctions against the company or owners?

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Rushford-Peterson School Board Report: R-P schools to get new computers

Fri, Jul 30th, 2004
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Rushford-Peterson teachers may think it’s Christmas in July after the school board approved a $125,000 technology funding request at the R-P School Board meeting July 28th. The result of the funding? A new Dell computer on each teacher’s desk and new ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves Heartland JOBZ

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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PRESTON – “They’ve changed the rules on us,” stated Superintendent Myrna Luehmann referring to the state’s regulations regarding the hotly debated JOBZ resolution. The board thought it was a one-time signing, with no actual names of potential busines ..... 
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Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Fillmore County District Court

Mon, Jul 26th, 2004
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Felony Charges

•Jimmie Dale Wangen, 52, of Lanesboro, was charged in Fillmore County District Court with one felony count of fleeing a peace officer stemming from an incident near the Iowa-Minnesota border in June 2003. Wangen w ..... 
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