Iowa officials: 1 person diagnosed with West Nile

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Iowa officials have confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Iowa this year.

The state Department of Public Heath announced Wednesday that the case is a middle-aged man from Linn County who is recovering.

Officials are reminding residents to take precautions to protect against the disease, which is transmitted by mosquito bites. That includes using insect repellant and wearing long-sleeved shirts, pants, shoes, and socks whenever possible outdoors.

About 20 percent of people infected with the virus have symptoms like a fever, headache, body aches and vomiting. Less than one percent of cases become seriously ill. An even smaller amount could die from the disease.

There were 31 human cases of the virus in 2012 and no reported deaths.

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