A pair of crows from Wood River tested positive for the West Nile Virus last week, making Madison the 7th county in the state to find the virus in birds. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the result just three days after a batch of mosquitoes from Wood River tested positive for the virus.
The health department recommends doing everything possible to avoid being bitten including wearing insect spray and long sleeved shirts and pants. Mary Cooper, the Environmental Health Services Manager for Madison
Cooper also says that it is hard to track the disease in humans because only one out of every five people will actually show symptoms, which include fever, nausea and muscle aches.
To find out more about the virus and how you can take precautions against it, you can call the health department at 296-6079.