IDPH reports first signs of West Nile virus

Last year, the West Nile virus was detected in 44 Illinois counties. (WJBC file photo)

By IIS Radio

SPRINGFIELD – The first signs of West Nile virus are popping up in Illinois.

So far, three batches of mosquitos have tested positive for the virus, all in Cook County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

“The reports about the first batches of mosquitoes with West Nile virus is a good reminder that this is the time of year when Illinois residents should begin protecting themselves from vectorborne diseases,” said IDPH Director Dr. Sameer Vohra in a news release.

Last year, the West Nile virus was detected in 44 Illinois counties. There were 34 reported human cases and eight deaths.

Seniors and people with a weakened immune system are the most likely to have complications if they are infected.

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