The first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample has been detected in Peoria County this year. As in years past, the Peoria City/County Health Department advises residents to observe the so called three R's: reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, repeal them by wearing insect repellent, and report areas where mosquitoes typically breed. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. 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.
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