How can West Nile Virus infection be prevented?
Elimination of breeding sites:
-Change the water in bird baths and toddler pools weekly
-Cover hot tubs, boats, canoes when not in use
-Get rid of old tires
-Maintain swimming pools
-Municipalities should consider applying larvicides in storm sewers in areas active with West Nile Virus
-Put goldfish or bubblers in ornamental ponds
-Store buckets, pet bowls, any containers, inside

Protect self and others from bites:
-Alert health authorities to potential breeding sites in your area
-Apply insect repellents containing Deet to clothing and skin, follow label directions
-Avoid activities in areas where mosquitoes are present
-Maintain window and door screens in your home
-Report dead birds to the Health Department
-Wear long-sleeved shirt and pants when outdoors

Please call 309-467-3064 for more information.

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1. What is West Nile encephalitis?
2. How do people get West Nile encephalitis?
3. What is the transmission cycle of West Nile Virus in the environment?
4. Is it only humans who become ill when infected with West Nile Virus?
5. What are the symptoms of West Nile encephalitis?
6. What percentage of West Nile Virus cases are fatal?
7. What is the risk of contracting West Nile encephalitis?
8. Is there a treatment for West Nile encephalitis?
9. Is there a vaccine for West Nile encephalitis?
10. If bitten by a mosquito should I be tested?
11. Why is the state testing birds, and what should I do if I find a dead bird?
12. How can West Nile Virus infection be prevented?