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West Nile Virus confirmed in Iowa

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LYON COUNTY (KWWL) -

The Iowa Department of Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus for 2012.

The virus appeared in a Lyon County woman between the ages of 60 and 80.

Officials say drought conditions in Iowa have reduced the virus-carrying mosquito population in the state, but Iowans should still use insect repellent and wear long sleeves whenever possible to decrease their risk.

About 20 percent of people with West Nile have symptoms like fever, headache, and body ache.

One percent of people become seriously ill. Last year there were nine cases of West Nile virus and two deaths in Iowa.

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