Thursday, the Peoria City County Health Department confirmed two people were infected with the disease earlier this month. These are the first human cases reported in central Illinois.
PCCHD administrator Greg Chance confirmed one man and one woman were hospitalized, but are now recovering at home. Chance stressed no need to panic, but important to take the necessary precautions.
"We remind Peoria County residents to look around their homes and their neighborhoods. Make sure we don't have containers that are holding water where mosquitoes can lay their eggs," Chance said.
Residents are also advised to wear proper clothes and insect repellant outside. Severe West Nile symptoms include numbness, high fever and muscle aches. If you're experiencing any of these symptoms, you should go to the doctor.