The Winnebago County Health Department said Thursday that 11 of 13 mosquito samples collected in the county over the last week have tested positive for the deadly West Nile Virus. That's up from 2 positive tests each in June and July.
Health officials warn that the end of August and beginning of September is generally when we'll find more West Nile Virus activity.
Here are some guidelines Winnebago County health officials say we should follow to avoid contracting the virus:
-Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
-When outdoors between dusk and dawn, wear shoes and socks, long pants and long sleeves
-Apply insect repellent containing 25-35 percent DEET to exposed skin
-Remove standing water from around your home at least once a week
If you want more information, visit the Illinois Department of Health Website by clicking here.