September 5, 2018 - 3:06 pm - Posted in News

Northwest Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health is reminding you to continue to protect yourself against mosquitoes as the rainy weather of the past few days has kept their populations active.

Deputy State Epidemiologist Ann Garvey says cases of the moquito-borne West Nile disease are still a concern.

Doctor Garvey says the easiest way to protect yourself against mosquito bites is with repellents containing DEET.

Garvey says in most cases West Nile presents no symptoms; about 20 percent of the time people can develop mild, flu like symptoms. In extreme cases, especially in the elderly, the disease can be fatal.

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