Ogle County confirms first mosquito pool of West Nile virus for 2022

West Nile confirmed in Ogle County
West Nile confirmed in Ogle County(WIFR)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 3:20 PM CDT
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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) - A mosquito pool in Forreston tests positive for West Nile virus, and Ogle County Health Department leaders warn it’s likely present throughout the county.

Monitoring for the virus in Illinois includes testing mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing humans with virus-like symptoms. People who see sick or dying birds should contact the health department.

The virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, which likely picked it up by feeding on infected birds. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle aches and headaches. Symptoms can last from a few days up to a few weeks, and people older than 50 are at a higher risk of severe illness because of weakened immune systems. The health department issued the following tips for staying safe and protecting others. They call it the “three R’s.”

1. Reduce: Make sure doors and windows have screens that are tight fitting. Repair or replace screens that have tears. Eliminate or refresh standing water where mosquitos can breed each week.

2. Repel: When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long sleeved shirt. Apply insect repellent which contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

3. Report: Report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week. These places can include roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations where mosquitos breed.

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