The warm weather could mean increased cases of West Nile virus. State officials started testing several weeks ago, and a mosquito batch collected in Mitchell a few days ago has come back positive for the virus. Mosquitoes feed on infected birds and then pass the virus on to humans. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. But not everyone who gets the West Nile will know they have it.
Officials say four out of five people infected won't show any symptoms. The Madison County Health Department says you can play a role in preventing the disease. Amy Yeager says there is a new, easy way to remember the tips that can protect you from West Nile: reduce, repel, and report.
To repel you can wear long sleeved shirts and long pants, apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus when you're outside, and eliminate all sources of standing water around your home. She says report any sources of standing water in your neighborhood to local officials.