First West Nile Virus Case of 2014 Reported

CLAY COUNTY, Iowa – The first case of the West Nile Virus this year has been confirmed, according to the Iowa Department of Public Health.

The patient, a man between the ages of 18-40 in Clay County, is recovering from the virus.

“This West Nile case should serve as notice that the virus is out there and Iowans should take precautions,” said Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, Iowa Dept. of Public Health medical director.

In 2013, there were 44 reported cases of the virus across the state of Iowa. The virus is transmitted through mosquitoes.

The health department warned that mosquitoes carrying West Nile virus lay eggs in stagnant water, so it’s important to eliminate standing water in ditches especially after recent rains.

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