JACKSON COUNTY – Routine mosquito testing has identified the first batch of mosquitoes positive for West Nile virus in Jackson County in 2020. The mosquitoes were collected September 10 in and around Murphysboro, according to a Monday press release by the Jackson County Health Department.
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 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.
The health department encouraged reducing risk of West Nile illness and other mosquito-borne diseases by practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Jackson County Health Department’s website.