1st West Nile Case in Iowa Confirmed
The first “human” West Nile Virus case of 2013 in Iowa was confirmed today.
The case is a middle-age male from Linn County, who is recovering. With the holiday tomorrow, IDPH Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinslick says it’s important to use mosquito repellent and rid your yard of mosquito breeding areas.
20% of people who are infected by the virus, that is spread through mosquito bites, will have mild to moderate symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, and vomiting. Less than 1% of people infected become seriously ill and rarely, someone dies. West Nile first appeared in Iowa in 2002 and has been found in every county in the state since.