Two die of West Nile in Iowa, public health talks prevention

The Iowa Department of Public Health says two people have died from the West Nile virus.

Posted: Oct 14, 2017 8:15 AM
Updated: Oct 14, 2017 8:15 AM

The Iowa Department of Public Health says two people have died from the West Nile virus.

As of now there are 10 confirmed cases in the state, other cases are being monitored.

Mosquitoes are more prevalent at this time of the year than they were at the start of the summer which is why health officials say there are things you can do around your house to prevent mosquitoes from sticking around.

"Things as small as a bottle cap can still allow mosquitoes to reproduce, basically lay their eggs on this water and they will hatch," says Brian Hanft with Cerro Gordo Public Health. "So get rid of water in bird baths, buckets, flowerpots, tires are always a bad thing to have laying around the house."

The Iowa Department of Public Health says they expect they will continue to see cases of West Nile until Iowa gets its first hard frost that will kill the mosquitoes.

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