Mosquito batches in Macon County test positive for West Nile Virus

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DECATUR - Macon County Health Department officials say 19 mosquito batches collected by the Macon Mosquito Abatement District have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

Officials say the results were confirmed by the Prairie View Research Institute at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  According to MMAD Director Jackie Evans-Moser, the increase in positive test results are being attributed to abundant rainfall, high temperatures, and a history of West Nile Virus transmitters in Macon County.

Macon County Health Department Director of Environmental Health Kathy Wade says residents should take the proper measures to protect themselves from mosquito bites.  Additionally, Wade says most individuals who are bitten by a mosquito carrying West Nile Virus may experience very mild symptoms, but individuals with chronic health conditions or people over the age of 50, the illness can be more severe.

Health department officials say residents should stay indoors at dawn, dusk, and early evening, when mosquitoes are most active, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, use insect repellents, and make sure window and door screens are bug tight in order to minimize your risk of mosquito bites.

For more information, call the Macon County Health Department at (217) 423-6988.

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