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West Nile Confirmed In Clay County

West Nile Confirmed In Clay County

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Spencer, IA (KICD)–Iowa’s first case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Clay County.

The case is an adult male aged 18 to 40 who is recovering.
West Nile virus is transmitted through mosquitoes. The best way to prevent the virus is to eliminate mosquito breeding areas and to use insect repellent with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when outdoors.

Some other helpful hints include avoiding outdoor activities at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, covering you entire body when outdoors whenever possible, and getting rid of standing water around the home because that’s where mosquitoes lay eggs.

Since West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002, it has been found in every county in Iowa, either in humans, horses, or birds. In 2013, there were 44 human cases of West Nile virus and zero deaths.

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