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Iowan Dies from West Nile Virus

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- An Iowan has died from the West Nile Virus for the first time since 2010.

The Iowa Department of Public Health announced the death Tuesday, saying an elderly individual from northwest Iowa passed away. No further information on the person who died was released.

The IDPH says tests have confirmed 33 cases of West Nile virus in Iowa so far this year, with several more under investigation.

“Though autumn weather is beginning, this death and continuing reports of West Nile virus cases are reminders that mosquitoes are still biting and Iowans should still be mindful of that when outdoors,” said IDPH Medical Director, Dr. Patricia Quinlisk.

Officials recommend using insect repellant with DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus while outdoors to keep mosquitos away.