Anyone looking for an ounce of good news from this past dry summer can take solace in one fact - at least the mosquitoes stayed away as well as the rain.
John Kunc, environmental health coordinator with Marshall County, told the Board of Health Tuesday that mosquitoes were non-existent this year.
This was especially a good thing considering all the West Nile Virus that was in the country, especially in Texas, he said.
"It sounds like we got lucky this year, because of West Nile issues elsewhere it could have been pretty bad up here," Kunc said.
Board of Health member Dr. David Thomas said he heard of one West Nile case in Marshall County, which was served as an in-patient at Marshalltown Medical & Surgical Center. Public Health Nurse Pat Thompson said she had no confirmed cases for residents of Marshall County, but seven were confirmed in Iowa this year.
In other discussion at the meeting, Thompson said they are gearing up for flu shot clinics throughout the county as the immunization season begins. The cost of the shot will be $30 again this year through the county or its available through local doctors and pharmacies.
"Flu is still around, you know it's year-round," Thompson said.
The next meeting of the Board of Health will be at 10 a.m. Dec. 11 in the Marshall County Courthouse.