West Nile Virus Reported Close To Area

West Nile Virus activity isn’t as high as it has been in past years, but it’s still pretty close to the area.

That’s because the Warren County Health Department says the virus has been reported there this week. Health Department officials say increases in temperature throughout the last month have contributed to increased mosquito activity.

They say the virus was found in batches of mosquitoes collected Wednesday.

The mosquito-borne disease is often the result of the insect feeding on an infected bird.

The virus doesn’t often show symptoms in humans infected by mosquito bites, but those that do could suffer from severe illness or could even die.

Warren County officials again urge reducing exposure by avoiding being out between dusk and dawn, using mosquito repellant containing the chemical DEET, and by wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants, as well as socks.

Eliminating standing water is also a recommendation.

29 other mosquito batches in the state have tested positive for West Nile so far this season, mostly in the Chicagoland area and in Southern Illinois. Nearby Henry County, though, has reported it being found in a dead bird.

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