First West Nile in RI County

July  11, 2014

      Rock Island County has reported its first case of West Nile Virus for this year. Last week, some mosquitoes collected in Moline tested positive. 

      Nita Ludwig, emergency planning director for the Rock Island County Health Department, says each summer the department samples mosquitoes from four locations in the county. And since July and August are the peak times for these insects, it's not unusual to have a positive test now.

      So far though there've been no cases in the county involving birds, horses, or humans, but she says West Nile can be dangerous for some people. 

      "A lot of people will only have a mild reaction, but some people, especially if they are immune-compromised or have other chronic health conditions, it could lead to some serious complications."

      Infected mosquitoes have already been found in Mercer County this summer, and an infected bird was reported by Henry County.

      Ludwig says when you're outdoors, take precautions, especially between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Wear long pants and long sleeves, use insect repellent, and eliminate any standing water where mosquitoes can breed.