Wood River, IL (KSDK) - Two crows in Madison County have tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.
The crows were found June 4, 2012 in Wood River, Illinois. They tested positive for West Nile Virus on June 8.
On June 1 mosquitoes in Madison County tested positive for the virus, which has also been detected in seven other Illinois counties.
West Nile Virus is contracted through bites from infected mosquitoes. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches, though 80 percent of people infected with the virus never show symptoms.
In rare cases victims may become severely ill with meningitis or encephalitis or die as a result of the virus. People older than 50 are at a higher risk for severe illness from the virus.
The Madison County Health Department offers these tips to help avoid mosquito bites:
- Avoid being outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- When outdoors wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt. Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535.
- Make sure screens on doors and windows fit tightly.
- Eliminate all standing water where mosquitoes can breed including bird baths, ponds, flower pots, wading pools, old tires or any other containers.