More positive tests for West Nile Virus are being reported in Illinois. Mosquito batches in southern and central Illinois have already tested positive, and now mosquitos with the virus have been found in northern Illinois. State Public Health Department spokesperson Melaney Arnold said its common for the virus to turn up in birds and mosquitos this time of year, but human cases often don’t occur until later.
Last year in Illinois the virus was found in 50 counties. 44 human cases of infection were reported including four deaths. Arnold says the best way to protect yourself is to wear insect repellant and long sleeves and pants when outside at dusk and dawn.