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ORANGE CITY WOMAN DIES OF WEST NILE VIRUS (UPDATE)

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UPDATE 10/26/16 10:05AM

The Iowa Public Health Department has confirmed the state’s first death caused by West Nile virus since 2010.

The victim was an 82 year old woman from Orange City.

She died from West Nile virus on October 15th at a Sioux City hospital.

State Medical Director Dr. Patricia Quinlisk says Iowa’s had a bad year for West Nile cases:


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Dr. Quinlisk says even though West Nile can affect the elderly the worst, she says anyone can be stricken with it


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About 20 percent of people infected with the virus will have significant symptoms, including fever.

She says the warmer weather this year has led to more exposure to bites from the mosquitoes which carry the virus:


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Quinlisk says until a hard frost hits, the threat of West Nile will continue this fall.

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The Iowa Public Health Department has confirmed Iowa’s first death caused by West Nile virus since 2010.

The victim was an 82 year old woman from Orange City.

She died from West Nile virus on October 15th at a Sioux City hospital.

The state has confirmed 33 cases of West Nile virus so far this year, with several more under investigation.

The number is more than twice that reported by this date last year.

About 20 percent of people infected with the virus will have significant symptoms, including fever.