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Mosquitoes in Fulton County test positive for West Nile

FARMINGTON, Ill. - A pool of mosquitoes collected in Farmington, Illinois, have tested positive for the West Nile virus. That's according to the Fulton County Health Department.

The mosquitoes were collected on June 1 by personnel from the department.

"West Nile virus activity has been present in the state," says Katie Lynn who is an Administrator of of the Fulton County Health Department. "These findings should serve as a reminder to citizens to take precautions to prevent contracting this mosquito-borne disease."

West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people may become ill 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

In Illinois, the first human case isn't reported until July or later.


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