First positive West Nile virus test in mosquitos in Illinois - KMOV.com

First positive West Nile virus test in mosquitos in Illinois

(KMOV) -- The first positve test for the West Nile virus in Illinois this year has been confirmed.

State Public Health Director Dr. Damon Arnold said today mosquito samples collected in Gallatin County had the first positive test for the West Nile virus in Illinois this year. The sample was collected on June 3 in Shawneetown, Ill.

This is the first positive test for mosquitos. Birds have tested positive so far in Carroll, St. Clair, Greene, Rock Island, JoDaviess, Stephenson and Tazewell counties.

The findings are not unexpected, but Arnold said people should protect themselves with mosquitos by getting rid of still water around the house and wearing insect repellent.

Last year, 36 of Illinois' 102 counties had a positive test for West Nile in a bird, mosquito, horse or human. Five cases of the West Nile virus were found last year in people. Hotter summers usually mean more cases of the virus.

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