West Nile Virus Infects Mosquitos In Macon County
By Sean Powers
Two mosquitos in Macon County have tested positive for the West Nile Virus.
According to the Illinois Department of Public Health, there have not been any human cases in the state.
Carol Carlton, who is the director of Clinical Nursing Services at the Macon County Health Department, said people who get sick may experience head and body aches, tremors, and convulsions.
Carlton said the virus is popping up earlier this season.
“I mean we usually have them August, September, so yes we’ll probably have more,” she said. “So, we just really, really need to remember about getting rid of places where mosquitos breed.”
Carlton said in order to avoid exposure to the virus, it is important to stay inside when mosquitoes are most active. She also said all doors and windows should have tight-fitting screens and remain closed, especially at night.
The first bird infected with the virus in Illinois this year was discovered in June in Monroe County.