West Nile Virus
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
The dead bird surveillance program will be in effect through October 15th.
“Although temperatures have been cooler recently, we continue to see West Nile virus activity across Illinois/Missouri.”
Officials say the more than 134 mosquito samples from across Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus, with no human case have been confirmed so far.
The mosquito population is exploding in flooded parts of the state, but they’re not the kind that carry the West Nile virus.
Equine veterinarians say flooding and warm temperatures have created ideal breeding conditions for mosquitoes.