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Second West Nile Death Confirmed In Iowa

Statewide Iowa (Radio Iowa ) — The Iowa Department of Public Health is reporting a second death from the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.

Department Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says lab results confirm 10 cases across the state with several more under investigation.

The disease is carried by mosquitoes and Doctor Quinlisk says one way to reduce the risk of getting sick is to use ample amounts of insect repellent containing DEET and wear long sleeves and pants in areas prone to have mosquitoes. She says even with cooler temperatures, you still face the threat of being infected.

She says use the preventative measures until the mosquito threat is over.

Quinlisk says West Nile virus can cause high fevers and brain-swelling. The first West Nile death was reported September 29th.

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