Dassel Man Has West Nile 30 Aug 12

A Dassel resident says his doctor has confirmed that he has been infected with the West Nile virus.

Nathan Lieberg, who lives about 2 1/2 miles north of Dassel on the north side of Long Lake, says he contracted the virus about a month ago, but his doctor confirmed it just last week (Friday, August 24th).

Because of privacy policies, the Minnesota Department of Health would neither confirm or deny the case.

The 55-year-old Lieberg says he’s letting the media know about his case so others in the area will be aware of the potential risk.

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) officials say to protect yourself from this potentially life-threatening disease, Minnesotans should routinely use mosquito repellents and take other simple precautions against mosquito bites.

David Neitzel, an MDH epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes, said that the highest risk for WNV is expected from mid-summer through early autumn. “Sporadic early-season cases can occur, such as this first 2012 case,” Neitzel said. “However, the species of mosquito that transmits the virus to humans is most abundant in July and August.

Anyone not already using repellents should begin doing so now to prevent this severe disease.”

About 1 out of 150 people bitten by WNV-infected mosquitoes will develop central nervous system disease (encephalitis or meningitis). Approximately 10 percent of people with this severe form of infection die from their illness, and many survivors suffer from long-term nervous system problems. Fortunately, most people bitten by infected mosquitoes develop West Nile fever, the less severe form of disease, or fight off the virus without any symptoms.

  • phil

    Is it so difficult to write the name of the state that contains the town of Dassal? Some moron writers use acronyms and expect all the people to know what they mean, others write a name of an obscure town and don’t consider the fact that readers in other states have no idea of where the town is.

  • phil

    Is it so difficult to write the name of the state that contains the town of Dassal? Some moron writers use acronyms and expect all the people to know what they mean, others write a name of an obscure town and don’t consider the fact that readers in other states have no idea of where the town is.

  • Mary

    Agreed. Minnesota. ~60 miles west of Minneapolis. Land of 10,000 lakes.

  • Diane

    I agree with Phil. I didn’t know where Dassel was located.The quality of reporting has been declining both in newspaper and TV journalism. Key information is omitted leaving the reader or listener with no context. In high school we learned the what, when, where, how and why of reporting a story. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on writing fundamentals.

  • Diane

    I agree with Phil. I didn’t know where Dassel was located.The quality of reporting has been declining both in newspaper and TV journalism. Key information is omitted leaving the reader or listener with no context. In high school we learned the what, when, where, how and why of reporting a story. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on writing fundamentals.

  • Diane

    I agree with Phil. I didn’t know where Dassel was located.The quality of reporting has been declining both in newspaper and TV journalism. Key information is omitted leaving the reader or listener with no context. In high school we learned the what, when, where, how and why of reporting a story. Maybe it’s time for a refresher course on writing fundamentals.

  • Mitt

    phil……………..you beat me to the punch. I had no idea where this podunk town was either.
    These ‘writers’ can’t think, I guess………………

  • Mitt

    phil……………..you beat me to the punch. I had no idea where this podunk town was either.
    These ‘writers’ can’t think, I guess………………

  • Mitt

    phil……………..you beat me to the punch. I had no idea where this podunk town was either.
    These ‘writers’ can’t think, I guess………………

  • user

    Duh! Reading is for people that pay attention: “Because of privacy policies, the Minnesota Department of Health would neither confirm or deny the case.”. I’m guessing its Minnesota, given the quote above.

  • Paul S

    While Dassel certainly isn’t commonly known across the state, much less the nation, and it would have been nice to put in a sentence about where we are generally located, this story mentions ‘Minnesota’ in the 3rd paragraph. A 15 second search on Mapquest (or your favorite map application) for ‘Dassel, MN’ would answer the question ‘So, where the heck is Dassel anyway?’.

    For what it’s worth, I found out about this story via email from a friend in NYC who saw it on Google News. It would seem that some folks outside our local community actually do know where Dassel is hiding. :)

  • toots

    Does it really matter where Dassel Minnesota is? They were just reporting about the man having the illness.

  • me

    All relevant questions were answered:

    What: Nathan Lieberg contracted West Nile Virus
    When: Contracted it end of July, just confirmed end of August
    Where: Town name, Dassel, from first line. State name, Minnesota, from third paragraph
    Why: Mosquito
    How: Bitten by said mosquito

  • me

    All relevant questions were answered:

    What: Nathan Lieberg contracted West Nile Virus
    When: Contracted it end of July, just confirmed end of August
    Where: Town name, Dassel, from first line. State name, Minnesota, from third paragraph
    Why: Mosquito
    How: Bitten by said mosquito