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First 2010 West Nile case in Iowa reported

DES MOINES (KWWL) -- The first confirmed human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Iowa this year. 

The Iowa Department of Public Health says a man from Woodbury County contracted the virus, but he was not hospitalized and made a full recovery.

In a released statement, public health director Patricia Quinlisk said, "West Nile virus is a seasonal threat especially in late August or early September."

Iowans should take the following steps to reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus:

  • Use insect repellant whenever outdoors, especially during peak biting times from dusk to dawn. Use repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always read the repellent label and consult with a health care provider if you have questions when using these types of products for children. For example, DEET should not be used on infants less than 2 months old and oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under 3 years old.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.
  • Eliminate mosquito-breeding sites by removing sources of standing water in outdoor areas whenever possible. For example turning over or removing items where water can collect, such as ceramic pots, toys, buckets, tires, wading pools, and tarps covering firewood and boats.

"If this year proves to be a typical year, we expect to see more cases of West Nile virus illness in Iowa. Mosquitoes don't die until the first frost, so Iowans should get in the habit of taking precautions for the next couple of months,"Quinlisk said.

For more information on West Nile Virus, including fact sheets,  click here

Online producer:  Adam Amdor


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