West Nile Virus is Back

Most people will experience NO symptoms.


Yes! Warm weather is coming, and that means  more outdoor activity, and those pesky mosquitos.  Did you know that Chicago is the no.2 mosquito city in the United States?  According to this report from Orkin,  Atlanta is   no. 1, followed by Chicago.

But mosquitos are more than minor irritations.  They can be  disease vectors. Malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and West Nile Virus are all mosquito-borne illnesses.

The first positive test batch for West Nile Virus in Illinois this year was  recently reported in St. Clair County.

West Nile Virus was first discovered in the West Nile region of Uganda.  It has been found in the United States since 1999.

West Nile Virus is most commonly spread by infected mosquitos.

Mosquitos become infected when they feed on infected birds. Birds get infected by infected mosquitos. Crows and bluejays are particularly vulnerable.  In recent years, crow populations have been decimated, but they are…

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