West Nile Virus
University of Illinois entomologist says the species that carry West Nile virus is more likely to breed in dry weather.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports one died in late August, and the other died early this month.
A 59-year-old man from St. Louis County has been hospitalized with West Nile virus in the area’s first case of 2014.
Laclede County also had one fatal case of the infection last year.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for 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.