The Winnebago County Health Department has reported the first mosquito pool to test positive for West Nile Virus this year.
The pool was located in the Village of Winnebago, in Zip Code 61088. Last year, the first positive pool wasn't found until August 8.
"The finding is not surprising," Environmental Health Director Larry Swacina said. "West Nile Virus has been confirmed to be present in Winnebago County for the 12th year in a row."
The rate Culex mosquito production, flight activity, and virus replication increases with above normal temperatures, raising the risk to humans. To protect yourself from West Nile, the health department recommends the following steps:
Many people with West Nile have no clinical symptoms but some may experience a mild fever, headaches, body aches, skin rash, or swollen lymph glands. However, serious symptoms can include meningitis or encephalitis. In severe cases, you should consult a doctor immediately.
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