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We're just a week past the unofficial kickoff of summer and the Illinois Department of Public Health says they have found the first mosquito testing positive for West Nile virus this year.

According to officials, it was collected near the Chicagoland area.

"Although we have been seeing a lot of what we call "nuisance" mosquitoes due to the flooding, those mosquitoes typically do not carry West Nile virus.  We are now starting to see Culex mosquitoes, which often do carry disease," said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck.

"Remember, as we head into the summer months, to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and taking other precautions."

Last year, the IDPH reported the second highest number of West Nile virus human cases in state history with 290 residents and 12 deaths.

This was second only to the 2002 outbreak in Illinois in which 884 residents contracted West Nile disease and 67 died.

No human cases of West Nile virus have been reported so far this year.