West Nile virus confirmed in DeKalb
DeKALB – A batch of mosquitoes collected in a trap in DeKalb last week tested positive for West Nile virus, according to a news release from the DeKalb County Health Department. It is the county’s first positive test for the virus this year.
A positive test for West Nile virus in mosquitoes is associated with an increased risk of the virus in people. The health department is collecting dead birds to be sent to the state lab for testing. Call 815-758-6673 to report freshly-dead birds such as crows or blue jays to determine if they should be tested. The birds must not show any signs of decay or trauma.
“The most effective way to prevent you or your family from being infected is to reduce the chances of being bitten by mosquitoes,” said Greg Maurice, director of the department’s Environmental Health Division. “This includes eliminating standing water from around your house and property where mosquitoes breed and hatch, and using mosquito repellent when outside.”
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