Arrighai says since West Nile Virus is endemic to Missouri, St. Louis city no longer tests for it “because we know it’s here.”
The department reports St. Clair County Health Department employees collected a positive mosquito batch Tuesday in O’Fallon.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports one died in late August, and the other died early this month.
Mosquitoes are out in full force in the St. Louis area, but experts don’t anticipate West Nile to come around until late July.
Illinois public health officials say the state’s confirmed the year’s first batch of mosquitoes that have the West Nile virus.
Last year was a banner year both for the sheer number of mosquitos and for the number carrying West Nile Virus but this year will be worse.
A southeast Missouri man is hospitalized in St. Louis after being diagnosed with West Nile virus.
County officials say recent rains and this week’s humid forecast adds a degree of danger.
No human West Nile Virus cases have arrived here yet but St. Louis County health officials say they’re seeing a greater abundance of West Nile.
The CDC says more than 1,100 human infections have been reported in 40 states