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      McDonough County sees its first case of the West Nile Virus

      The West Nile Virus has hit McDonough County.

      The West Nile Virus has hit another Tri-State county.

      The McDonough County Health Department reported its first West Nile Virus positive bird.

      The Department says the best way to prevent the disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home.

      You can take personal precautions to avoid mosquito bites by using the two R's.

      Reduce outdoor exposure by keeping doors and windows shut.

      Repel when outdoors by wearing long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and applying insect repellent.

      To date, West Nile virus positive birds, mosquitoes and/or human cases have been reported in 57 counties; two of the ten human cases have resulted in death.