West Nile Virus is back
Illinois’ first confirmed West Nile Virus case of the summer has turned up in an infected mosquito batch in Tazewell County, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The infected mosquito batch was collected June 10, a week later than last year’s first infected mosquito batch that was collected June 3 in Gallatin County.
In 2010, 30 of the state’s 102 counties had bird, mosquito, horse or human West Nile Virus cases, with a total 61 human cases, according to public health statistics.
The public health department warns mosquitoes that typically carry West Nile Virus are breeding in June and July, particularly during hot weather, so be sure to get rid of any standing water around your home and wear insect repellent outdoors.