West Nile Virus Season

UNDATED (AP) -- The 17-year cicadas aren't the only insects to be on the lookout for now that the weather has turned warm.

Warm weather also brings mosquitos, and unfortunately for folks in Illinois, many mosquitos bring West Nile virus.

So far, mosquitos in Cook, DuPage and Tazewell (TAZ'-well) counties have tested positive for West Nile virus.

Officials say insect repellent with DEET or oil of lemon eucalyptus can be effective against the pests.

And homeowners should get rid of any standing water near their homes, such as bird baths, ponds and flower pots.

Last year, the virus was found in 77 of the state's 102 counties. A total of 215 human cases of the disease were found last year, killing ten people.

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  • by Rosann Location: Bloomingdale Il on May 31, 2007 at 06:53 AM
    On my post i meant to say September 16th, 2006.
  • by rosann Location: bloomingdale, ill on May 30, 2007 at 06:54 AM
    West Nile Virus is real. I know because my dad James Pannarale died on September 16, 2007 from the Virus. You need to spray yourself. He only sat outside on the driveway of his home and all it took was one bite to kill him. I have since spoken to many people who have been effected and most of them are not over 50 years old. My dad happened to be 77 years old but it does effect the younger population. PROTECT YOURSELF!!!! Rosann Horist
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