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DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowans looking to help Hurricane Florence relief efforts have a few options.

The first comes on Sunday when FedEx delivery driver Tony Gardner tries to “Fill the Truck” with food.

He’ll be parking his FedEx truck at the Hy-Vee on Fleur Drive from 9 a.m to 5 p.m.

The goal is to fill the 900 square ft. van with as much non-perishable food as it can handle, with shopping lists available on site.

“I think it’s a natural response to want to help, especially being from Iowa I think its human nature to stand up and pick people up when they’re down and there’s a lot of people that are suffering right now and potentially having the worst times of their lives” said Gardner.

All the food will go to victims of the hurricane. For more information you can click this link.

Meanwhile, LifeServe is looking for blood donors.

Representatives say they are trying to over-supply the affected region because they don’t know how long local blood collection centers will be out of commission.

“The big concern is just their community blood centers may not be able to function, you know if their team members are being effected, if donors aren’t able to come in to donate, so they may just not be collecting for multiple days on end in various areas and that effects their community blood supply, so we want to be able to help out if we can” said Marketing Manager Danielle West.

To make an appointment to donate, just head to www.lifeservebloodcenter.org

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Iowa Department of Public Health is currently investigating 73 cases of West Nile Virus, that’s the highest it’s been in about 15 years.

IDPH reports 147 cases in 2003.

Specialists say they believe one of the reasons for this spike is the weather.

“We’ve had a long string of warm days. We’ve had quite a bit of heavy rains and so when we have those really heavy rains the water tends to sit around for awhile. When you combine that warm temperatures for the last numerous weeks in a row, that really creates a great environment for mosquitoes to breed and grow to high numbers,” Iowa Department of Public Health Deputy State Epidemiologist Ann Garvey said.

An Iowa State University Entomologist said the virus spreads through an interaction of birds and mosquitos and infected birds can carry the virus for years without being severely affected.

“If another mosquito feeds on that infected bird, then that new mosquito can then become infected itself. And so you can kind of see how this creates a bit of a cycle in which more birds are becoming infected and more mosquitos are becoming infected,” Iowa State Department of Entomology Associate Professor Ryan Smith said.

He said then the infected mosquitoes bite humans during peak hours from dusk until dawn.

“I think when we get into the fall months and school is back in session, we tend to forget about mosquito repellent and sunscreen. So it’s really important right now to be using that repellent.
This is really the heart of West Nile season. We’re going to have quite a few more weeks of the season, unfortunately. We know that mosquitoes will really be hanging around until we see our first hard freezes so we’ve got quite few more weeks.”

It’s important to use mosquito repellent that contains deet when you are outside, but especially from dusk until dawn.