West Nile found in Peoria County

By Web Producer

June 11, 2012 Updated Jun 11, 2012 at 6:38 PM CDT

PEORIA CO., Ill. -- Health officials have confirmed central Illinois' first West Nile case in 2012.

"We conduct trapping throughout the geographic area of Peoria County and we collect analysis on the collected mosquitoes to determine if they are carrying the West Nile Virus," said Public Health Administrator Greg Chance with the Peoria City/County Health Department.






It was through one of those traps last week that the Peoria City/County Health Department confirmed the area's first West Nile virus positive sampling this year.

This is not the first positive sample in the state.  However, no human case have been reported in Illinois this year.

Chance said, "Typically if you are bitten by an infected mosquito you are not going to experience any problems at all."

In fact, Chance says only one out five people bitten by an infected mosquito will ever show any symptoms including fever, headache, body ache, and nausea.

Chance adds, "We are working with our medical providers to ensure the appropriate testing is done when you are experiencing these type of symptoms."

To keep mosquitoes at bay this year, officials say remember the three R's-Reduce, Repel, and Report.

To Reduce exposure, avoid being outdoors during dusk and dawn, that is when mosquitoes are most active. Also, eliminate all sources of standing water where mosquitoes can breed.

Repel mosquitoes by wearing shoes and socks, long pants and long sleeve shirts and apply repellent containing DEET.

Finally, Report any areas of stagnant water that may produce mosquitoes to municipal governments.

Chance says there is no need to be alarmed at this point, just be aware.

For more information about the West Nile virus visit www.pcchd.org.

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