West Nile Virus

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) -- Crews have collected the first West Nile virus-infected mosquitoes in the Metro East -- and officials say this is just the beginning.

Doug King is director of the East Side Health District, where the infected mosquitoes were caught.

He says August and September are the peak West Nile months and that people need to be vigilant about avoiding being bitten.

Last week, the death of a 77-year-old man from Ogle County became the first in the state to be linked to West Nile virus.

At least eight human cases of the virus have been reported in Illinois this year.

Health officials say risk can be reduced by using insect repellent and wearing long sleeves and long pants.

Last year, 215 cases of West Nile were reported. Ten people in Illinois died from the virus.

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