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Fulton County mosquitoes test positive for West Nile Virus

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FARMINGTON, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

A pool of mosquitoes collected in Farmington have tested positive for West Nile Virus. 

The Fulton County Health Department said the mosquitoes were collected on Jun 1. 

"West Nile virus activity has been present in the state, and we expected to see activity again this year," said Fulton County Health Department administrator Katie Lynn. "These findings should serve as a reminder to citizens to take precautions to prevent contracting this 'mosquito-borne disease.'" 

Only two out of 10 people bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any signs of illness. Some symptoms include fever and body aches, but encephalitis meningitis and death are also possible. Symptoms usually appear within 3 to 14 days of a bite. 

Elderly people have the highest risk of severe disease. The health department recommends taking precautions to avoid bites, such as insect repellent. 

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