West Nile virus found in mosquitos, bird in Champaign County
CHAMPAIGN — West Nile Virus has turned up for the first time this summer in Champaign County, thanks to the recent hot weather spell.
A mosquito sample pool and a dead bird, both collected in Champaign, tested positive for the virus, according to the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District Friday.
Culex mosquitoes that can transmit West Nile virus like hot dry weather and breed in standing water and catch basins. With the recent warm weather, it's important to take precautions, according to the health district.
Some steps to take:
— Drain standing water around your home and business.
— Mosquito-proof your home.
— Apply insect repellent and wear protective clothing outdoors.
— Consider limiting time outdoors when these mosquitoes are active, from dusk to dawn.
About one in five people infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms, which can include fever, headache, body ache, joint pain, vomiting diarrhea or rash.