Macon County Health Department sees increase in West Nile-positive mosquito batches

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DECATUR - The Macon County Health Department is reminding citizens to continue to be vigilant in protecting against mosquitoes in order to combat West Nile Virus.

Health Department officials say there has been an increase in the number of mosquito batches in Macon County that have tested positive for the virus.  Officials also say that dry weather and heat can speed up the virus, leading to an increased chance of the virus being transmitted.  However, the Health Department says there have been no human cases of the virus in Macon County.

Officials are offering the following tips to help reduce your risk of being bitten by mosquitoes:

- Stay indoors from dusk until dawn, and in the early evening, when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use insect repellant containing 25 percent to 35 percent DEET when outdoors.
- Make sure your windows and door screens are "bug tight."

For more information, or if you have questions about mosquitoes, call (217) 875-2722.

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