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First case of West Nile Virus diagnosed in Iowa this year

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A woman between ages 18 and 40 has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health. She lives in Ringgold Country and is currently in recovery.
It's the first case detected in Iowa this year.
The DPH says based on this case, Iowans should start taking extra precautions to prevent the spread of the disease. The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites, and the best way to prevent bites is by using insect repellent while outdoors. 
They suggest using repellent with DEET, which protects against mosquitoes and ticks, which can carry lime disease; always follow instructions on the bottle of insect repellent.
West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, and since has been found in every county - either in humans, horses or birds. 
Less than once percent of people who become infected get seriously ill; rarely do people die from the disease.
For more information about West Nile virus, click here. 
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