The contaminated mosquito pool is displaying the primary indicators of the yr within the McLean County’s West Nile Virus

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BLOOMINGTON (HOI) – As COVID-19 cases rise, the McLean County Health Department found evidence of West Nile virus in the community for the first time this year.

The health department on its Facebook page said a pool of mosquitoes collected east of Bloomington in zip code area 61705 had tested positive for the virus.

West Nile virus can be transmitted to people who have been bitten by an infected mosquito.

“Residents are advised to limit their time outdoors between dusk and dawn and to take precautions to limit exposure to mosquitoes,” according to local health officials.

The Illinois Department of Public Health said mild infections can cause a mild fever or headache.

“More serious infections are characterized by a rapid onset of a high fever with headaches and body aches, disorientation, tremors, cramps and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death,” said the state health department.

Symptoms usually appear three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. People aged 60 and over are said to have the highest risk of serious illnesses.

For more information about West Nile Virus, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

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