West Nile Virsus Case In Iowa, Joe Biden Returns to Siouxland Next Week, 4:04

Jul 12, 2019

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Iowa officials have reported the state's first confirmed human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Iowa Public Health Department said Friday the man lives in Audubon County, is 61 to 80 years old and has recovered.

the department's medical director Dr. Caitlin Pedati says that until the state's first hard frost, being outside means there's a risk for West Nile virus infection from mosquitoes.

Experts say most people who are infected have no symptoms or experience only mild, flu-like symptoms. The most vulnerable people are those who are at least 50 or have weakened immune systems.

State records say 104 Iowans were diagnosed with West Nile virus last year and nine died. More information about the virus is available online.

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden will make two stops in Northwest Iowa when he returns to campaign in the Hawkeye state.

Biden, a former vice president, will attend a multi-candidate forum in Des Moines on Monday, and his campaign has slated other stops, including Sioux City and Le Mars on Tuesday.

At 3 p.m. that day he will discuss rural health care issues in a Le Mars location to be determined, then will speak at 6 p.m. in a Sioux City community event at a location also to be determined.

Prior to that, Biden will participate Monday in the AARP candidate forum in Des Moines, followed by a house party in Waukee, Iowa, with former Gov. Tom Vilsack and Christie Vilsack.

Beto O’Rourke, Elizabeth Warren, Marianne Williamson, and Andrew Yang will also in Siouxland next week.