7 Cases of West Nile in Iowa

The Iowa Department of Health has confirmed seven cases of West Nile Virus in humans this year in the state, including cases in six Siouxland counties: Woodbury, Clay, Crawford, Monona and Plymouth, with another possible case in Sac County. Two of those cases required hospitalization, but there have been no deaths from the virus this year. In addition to the confirmed infections, a mosquito pool in Woodbury County has tested positive for the virus. The Health Department is reminding people to take precautions to avoid mosquitoes that carry West Nile. That includes using repellants, wearing long-sleeved shirts and pants, staying indoors from dusk until midnight, and getting rid of any standing water, where mosquitos breed.