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West Nile Mosquitoes Detected In Warren County

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The Warren County Health Department is reporting West Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been detected in Monmouth, IL. A batch of mosquitoes collected on July 17th tested positive for the virus.

The extreme heat has increased mosquito activity. West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito, after feeding on an infected bird.

The best way to prevent West Nile disease or any other mosquito-borne illness is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and to take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites. Precaution include practicing the three "R's" - reduce, repel and report.

  • REDUCE exposure - avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
  • REPEL - when outdoors wear shoes and socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucaluptus or IR3535, according to label instructions.
  • REPORT - In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

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