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Dallas resident is county's first West Nile death of 2018

The Iowa Department of Public Health says West Nile is spread by mosquitoes and can produce symptoms ranging from fever and mild headache to life-threatening inflammation of the brain.

Dallas County reported its first West Nile Virus death of 2018 on Tuesday.

A mosquito trap in Drumbo tested positive for the virus during routine surveillance. In North America, that means that mosquito season - extending from the late spring through the fall - is West Nile season.

Limit outdoor activities during dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

Mosquitos are collected from over 90 test sites across CT to test for viruses including West Nile, Zika and Eastern Equine Encephalitis.

Symptoms usually develop between two and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Only about 20 percent of those who come in contact with West Nile virus exhibit any symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Use insect repellent when outdoors; a repellent with DEET or Icaridin offers the most effective protection.

Wear clothing made of tightly woven fabric that covers the entire body.

Drain or treat all standing water in and around your home or workplace.

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