The first signs of West Nile Virus started showing up in the Riverbend over a month ago in mosquitoes and birds, and experts warn these hot and dry conditions favor development of the disease. Illinois Department of Public Health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says presence of the virus depends a lot on the weather.

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Your best defense against West Nile is to wear bug repellant at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. Experts also recommend people clean their gutters, rinse out bird baths every week and clean wading pools so they don't attract them.


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