Iowa reports first West Nile virus death since 2010

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DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Authorities have reported Iowa’s first death caused by West Nile virus since 2010.

The Iowa Public Health Department said in a news release Tuesday that the person was 81 or older and lived in northwest Iowa.

The state has confirmed 33 cases of West Nile virus so far this year, with several more under investigation. The number is more than twice that reported by this date last year.

About 20 percent of people infected with the virus will have significant symptoms, including fever, aches and vomiting.

The department recommends people use insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus. The department also recommends people avoid outdoor activities at dawn and dusk and wear socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.