West Nile Virus
The state health department says a 54-year-old St. Louis County man has the state’s first case of West Nile virus this summer.
The Madison County Health Department says West Nile positive mosquitoes have been found in Bethalto, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Meadowbrook.
The Monroe County Health Department announced that a starling collected in Waterloo two weeks ago tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.
They previously were found in St. Clair County and other counties to the north.
Mosquitoes are out in full force in the St. Louis area, but experts don’t anticipate West Nile to come around until late July.
St. Louis County had two confirmed human West Nile cases last year.
A man in his 70s in DuPage County died over the weekend.
Adult mosquitoes in the St. Louis area have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The pests and the diseases they carry can actually be worse during a drought.
A batch of mosquitos collected in Godfrey has tested positive