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Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus in Warren County

July 05, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Galesburg Register-Mail

MONMOUTH — The Warren County Health Department is reporting West Nile virus-positive mosquitoes detected in a batch of insects collected in Monmouth on Monday.

Department officials said the extreme heat has increased mosquito activity.

The best way to prevent West Nile is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around the home. Precautions including practicing the three “R’s,” reduce, repel and report.

It’s recommended residents reduce exposure by avoiding being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active — between dusk and dawn, make sure windows and doors have tight-fitting screens and eliminate sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed. When outdoors, repel mosquitoes by wearing shoes, socks, long pants and shirts and apply insect repellent. And lastly, report any areas of stagnant water to area officials.

This year, 17 counties have seen positive tests with 47 positive mosquito batches.

The first West Nile virus positive results were collected June 8 and included two birds from LaSalle County. Last year 19 counties in Illinois reported a West Nile virus-positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. A total of 34 Illinois residents contracted West Nile virus, and three died.

Surveillance for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests on mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile-like disease symptoms. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health’s Web site at http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

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