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Iowa's first human case of West Nile virus detected in Linn County

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The first human case of West Nile Virus this year has been detected in Linn County. The first human case of West Nile Virus this year has been detected in Linn County.
LINN COUNTY (KWWL) -

The first human case of West Nile Virus this year has been detected in Linn County.

According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, the case is a man 41-60 years old.

Symptoms include fever, headache, body aches, and vomiting. According to the IDPH, around 20 percent of those impacted will have mild to moderate symptoms. Less than one percent of people impacted become seriously ill.

West Nile is carried by mosquitoes. The IDPH recommends the following tips to avoid getting bit:

  • Use a bug repellent with DEET.
  • Avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when possible. That's when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear long sleeves and pants outdoors when you can.
  • Eliminate standing water near you home.
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