A bird has tested positive for West Nile virus in Peoria County.
The Peoria City/County Health Department says now that a bird carrying the virus has been discovered, it's very important to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito bites by reducing exposure to mosquitoes, especially at dusk and dawn, using insect repellant containing DEET, and reporting mosquito breeding grounds to city or health department officials.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.
Common West Nile Virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms can last anywhere from a few days to a few weeks.
Severe illness, or even death, rarely occurs. People older than 50 are at a higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.