More West Nile Virus Cases Reported in Iowa

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Mosquito feeds on human skin

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health has identified seven West Nile virus cases in Iowa.

Doctors in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux, and Woodbury counties reported the cases. Health officials are also investigating possible cases in Sac and Shelby counties.

Two people were sent to the hospital but they are now recovering at home.

Official also say four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus — two pools in Story, one from Polk, and one from Woodbury county.

Health officials are reminding people to protect themselves from the virus, which is transmitted through mosquito bites. They say to wear insect repellent and long clothing whenever outdoors.