This year's first case of West Nile virus has been reported in Illinois. A bird in Henry County has tested positive for the virus and a mosquito batch tested positive for West Nile in Madison County, specifically in Godfrey. Health officials say the chances of getting West Nile virus are higher now that the weather has warmed up.
Illinois Department of Public Health spokesman Melany Arnold says the timing of the findings is on par with last year:
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Arnold says you should wear insect repellent with DEET when you're outside, especially during dusk and dawn, and get rid of any standing water around their homes where mosquitoes can breed. If you spot a dead bird in your area, contact your local health department for testing. In 2013 there were 117 human cases of West Nile, with 11 deaths.
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