Mosquito carrying Zika virus caught in SJ County trap

New cases of West Nile virus reported in Forrest Lamar counties

"Although the first human case of West Nile virus this year in IL has been reported a little later than we typically see, it is important to remember that there is an ongoing risk of disease from a mosquito bite", IDPH Director Dr. Ngozi Ezike said in the statement. Health officials said up to 80 percent of those infected will usually recover on their own.

Health Surveillance Epidemiologist Evan Bischoff says it's hard to predict how severe the mosquito-borne illness will be from summer to summer.

The first confirmed positive test sample for West Nile Virus was recorded from mosquitoes collected in Conewago Township on August 7, the Adams County Conservation District announced Tuesday.

The number of reported cases typically rises as the season progresses, peaking late in the summer.

Symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. However, those who do contract the viruses start experiencing symptoms two to 14 days after getting a mosquito bite, according to a news release from San Juan Basin Public Health.

Health experts warn to wear insect repellent, to avoid exposure to the insects during dawn and dusk and to drain any standing water, which is where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

Dress in long sleeves and long trousers when you are outside.

The Adams County Conservation District urges all residents, businesses, developers and farmers to be responsible and help eliminate mosquitoes by inspecting their properties for sources of stagnant water, like tarps, tires, buckets, construction debris, pools, plastic toys, gutters, watering troughs, and bird baths.

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