One person in the state of Illinois has died from the West Nile virus.
And now two birds in Adams County have tested positive for the virus.
Adams County Health Department
is not sending out an alarm over the two birds that have been found in the county, but the agency does want you to pay attention and take precautions.
"Right now there are nine reported illnesses in the state of Illinois,with 57 counties reporting positive birds or mosquitoes," Shay Drummond Director of Clinical and Environmental Services said. "Last year 2012, was the largest record in the state of Illinois. Not only for positive mosquito pools but for also people being infected with the West Nile Virus."
Standing water can be a breeding ground for mosquitoes with
West Nile Virus
"Standing water is probably the biggest attraction for these mosquitoes. So yes, just simple things liking walking around your house and making sure there's not containers or old flower pots or things that you have left out. Kids toys that need to be emptied out, very important " Drummond said.
If you do get bitten by a mosquito it's important to pay close attention to how you are feeling.
"Probably 4 out of 5 people will not have any symptoms at all," registered nurse Karen Spring said. "They may have West Nile but they will not have any symptoms. But those that would could have headache, fever, tired, fatigues easily, may even cause stiff neck. It may progress to that."
Spring says that right now there is no immunization available you can take to protect yourself, so it's important to keep a close eye on any symptoms you may have.
"If that is prolonged. If you have that longer than 48 hours I would call my doctor especially if you have known that you have had mosquito bites," says Spring. "So since we have found those birds we know that it is in this area but we have had as of now no reported human cases."
The Adams County Health Department is encouraging people to remember what it calls the 3 Rs.
REDUCE : Reduce your exposure by wearing long sleeves, getting rid of standing water and keeping door and windows shut at night.
REPEL: Repel mosquito attacks by making sure you are wearing insect repellant that contains
REPORT: Report dead birds and areas of stagnant water to your area health department.