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West Nile found in DuPage mosquitoes
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Published: 5/24/2008 8:47 AM

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SPRINGFIELD -- The state public health director says mosquito samples collected in Tazewell and DuPage counties are the first positive test results this year for West Nile virus in Illinois. Health officials say it isn't unexpected to receive positive West Nile results by this time. Last year, the first report of West Nile in mosquito samples came on May 7th in DuPage County. Last year 101 cases of West Nile in humans were reported. That included four deaths. The virus is transmitted to humans through mosquitoes that have picked up the virus by feeding on infected birds. People infected with West Nile can become ill three to 15 days after being bitten. Health officials urge residents to take precautions, such as wearing long sleeves, to avoid being bitten.