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Polk County officials issue health recommendations

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- The Polk County Health Department says people should avoid flooded areas, direct contact with flood waters and mosquitoes to reduce health risks.

The department issued those recommendations Thursday in response to the increased risk of flooding in Polk County.

Director Terri Henkels says pools of standing water attract mosquitoes, which increase the risk of encephalitis and West Nile Virus.

Henkels says people should try to avoid being outside during dawn and dusk, minimize areas of exposed skin and use insect repellant.

Henkels also recommends those who walk through floodwater or have cleaned up flood debris get a tetanus shot soon.

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