Mosquito carrying West Nile virus found in St. Clair County

This is the first positive case of West Nile discovered in St. Clair County this year

June 11, 2019 - 1:48 pm

(KMOX) -  The St. Clair County Health Department has found a West Nile virus-positive mosquito, which is the first case found this season. 

There have been no confirmed cases of West Nile virus in any humans this season in Illinois. Last year, St. Clair County had two confirmed cases of the virus in humans, while the entire state of Illinois had 176 human cases and 17 deaths caused by West Nile. 

The best way to prevent West Nile and other mosquito-born illinesses is to remove any standing water from your property and following the three R's: Reduce, repel and report. 

Reduce exposure by avoiding beind outdoors when mosquitos are most active at dusk and dawn. Repel by wearing long pants, long-sleeved shirts, socks and shoes, and applying repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions. Report areas of stagnant water to mosquito control programs. 

You can contact the St. Clair County Health Department at 618-233-7769

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