West Nile

"Blue Jay" By Flickr User Robert Engberg / (CC X 2.0)

Illinois’ Department of Public Health announced its first positive test of a bird for West Nile virus in the state this year.


The Blue Jay was collected south of Champaign in Arcola Township last May.

Zika virus and West Nile are both transmitted by mosquitoes.

Common symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks.

However, four out of five people infected with the virus will not show any symptoms.

Two West Nile deaths have been confirmed in Illinois this year.

The state public health department says the deaths were reported in Cook and Kendall counties.

One victim was a man in his early 90s from south suburban Chicago. The Kendall County victim reportedly was someone in their 70s.

Health officials recommend wearing mosquito repellent when outside between dusk and dawn. They also say it's important to remove standing water around homes and to repair or replace broken window screens.


Illinois' first human case of West Nile virus this year is in McHenry County. Health officials say a woman in her 50s got sick earlier this month. The state had nearly 300 human cases last year and a dozen people died. To date, birds and mosquitos that tested positive for West Nile virus have been reported in 50 counties.

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