First Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile Virus

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The Illinois Department of Health is reporting that mosquitos collected in Godrey, Madison County, on May 22 have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.

“The weather is warming up and we’re starting to see West Nile virus,” said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D. “Although we see West Nile virus in Illinois every year, it’s still important to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.”

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Those observing sick or dying birds should report them to their local health departments.

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