TAMAROA, IL (KFVS) – The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batches reported in southern Illinois for 2013.
IDPH collected a positive mosquito sample on June 24, 2013 from Tamaroa in Perry County and the East Side Health District collected a positive mosquito sample on June 24, 2013 from East St. Louis in St. Clair County.
“As temperatures rise we are starting to see West Nile virus in mosquitoes,” said Illinois Department of Public Health Director Dr. LaMar Hasbrouck. “Remember to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of any standing water around your home.”
A mosquito sample collected in Cook County in May was the first West Nile virus positive result this year.
Cook, DuPage, McHenry and now Perry County are reporting West Nile virus positive mosquitoes so far this season.