West Nile Virus confirmed in North Iowa

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"Over the past few weeks, West Nile virus activity has been on the rise across Ontario, so it's not surprising to see positive mosquito pools in Perth County", says Dale Lyttle, Senior Public Health Inspector.

Details on who was infected or when have not been released.

Three types of mosquitoes tested positive for West Nile virus at a Wethersfield testing site on Goff Road, officials said. Of the 26 Dallas County residents infected a year ago, two died from the mosquito-borne illness.

Minimize time spent outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Tropical storm warning posted for Big Island
Combined with high tides, this could lead to some overwash of low-lying coastal areas and perhaps some beach erosion. Surf: Swells generated by Hector are forecast to reach southeast and east shores of some islands late Tuesday.

Wear long, loose and light-colored clothing. In an outbreak in 2012, more than 1,000 people were infected and 36 people died across four North Texas counties. The majority of Culex mosquitoes breed in standing water and others are found in freshwater and saltwater marshes, lakes and ponds.

Use insect repellent containing DEET when outside.

The disease can be spread to humans and animals.

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