First West Nile positive mosquito of season found in St. Clair County

ST. CLAIR COUNTY — The first West Nile virus positive mosquito was in St Clair County. It was found in O’Fallon on May 26.
 
The West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
 
Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.
 
In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.
 
As temperatures continue to warm up, remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home and protect yourself from being bitten. Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.