Health officials confirm 7 human cases of West Nile virus in Iowa

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DES MOINES, Iowa — Officials have confirmed seven human cases of West Nile virus in Iowa.

The state Department of Public Health said Thursday that in addition to the human cases, four mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus.

The human cases have been confirmed in Buchanan, Clay, Crawford, Monona, Plymouth, Sioux and Woodbury counties. Additional cases are being investigated in Sac and Shelby counties.

Officials say two of the confirmed cases involved hospitalized patients, but they are now recovering at home.

Dr. Patricia Quinlisk, the department's medical director, says the cases were expected given the time of year. She recommends people use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and pants, and avoid outdoor activities at dusk and dawn.

There were 44 human cases of West Nile virus last year. There were no deaths.

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