JACKSON COUNTY – Routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County this year.
The mosquitoes were collected on August 16, 2022, near Murphysboro, according to officials.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. One out of five people who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience illness, with symptoms such as fever, nausea, headache and body aches within 3 to 14 days of the bite. In rare cases, illness such as encephalitis and meningitis, with lingering complications and even death, are possible.
Individuals can reduce their risk of West Nile illness and other mosquito-borne diseases by practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, report.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Jackson County Health Department’s web site at www.jchdonline.org. Click on ‘West Nile virus’ on the ‘A-Z Topics’ tab, or call the Health Department at 618-684-3143, ext. 128.