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Possible increase in summer mosquito population

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DES MOINES (KWWL) -- Public health officials are predicting that Iowa will see an increase in the mosquito population due to the amount of rain that has fallen so far this summer.  If there is an increase, it is said to be noticed within the next two to three weeks. 

Mosquitoes can infect people with viruses. In recent years, health officials have had to battle the West Nile virus, which has brought on hundreds of confirmed illnesses and numerous deaths.

Officials said residents should wear appropriate clothing to reduce bites, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. Mosquito repellent containing DEET should also be applied.

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