Iowa reports 1st summer case of West Nile virus

Iowa recently had its first case of West Nile virus this summer, the state's Department of Public Health announced July 12, according to the Des Moines Register.

The patient has recovered and is a man between 61 and 80 years old, the department said. The disease killed nine people and caused serious illness in 95 in Iowa in 2018. Cases usually increase in the late summer and early fall.

Recent tests of a mosquito pool also found that West Nile virus is present in central Iowa.

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