Winnebago County Health Department Testing for West Nile Virus

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WINNEBAGO COUNTY (WIFR) -- The Winnebago County Health Department is gearing up for West Nile Virus season, and today they're trying to find pockets of infestation.

Mosquitoes will be trapped in special devices across the county and tested for the West Nile Virus.

By doing this, health officials can identify areas where the virus transmission is the highest.

Mosquitoes typically feed between dusk and dawn. Bites should be monitored closely. West Nile typically starts out with symptoms similar to the flu.

"Milder symptoms would be like a mild case of the flu.If you get a severe condition, which would be like a case of encephalitis, with stiff neck or headache you should contact your physician for treatment, " says Larry Swacina, Director of Environmental Health.

Last year, three cases of the West Nile Virus were confirmed in Winnebago County.

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