PEORIA, Ill. -- The Peoria County Health Department reported Monday that they have found the first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample in Peoria County for 2013.
The health departments says that the virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur.
People older than 50 are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.
For more information, visit the Peoria City/County Health Department's website at www.pcchd.org.