West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus Program

For more information, contact our Environmental Health office 217.245.5111 #32.

Tips for Stopping West Nile Virus

  1. Every 2-3 days, drain water from outside pet dishes, garbage cans, buckets, toys, flower pots, wading pools, pool covers, bird baths, and other objects that can collect water.
  2. Discard any old tires and unused containers.
  3. Clean gutters.
  4. Drill holes in the bottom of recycling bins.
  5. Properly treat water in large pools and hole ponds. (Contact us for guidelines).

Keep Mosquitoes Off You

  1. When possible, stay inside at dusk, dawn and other times of heavy mosquito activity.
  2. Wear long sleeves, long pants and socks.
  3. Wear light colored clothing.
  4. Keep windows and door screens repaired.

Use Insect Repellent Properly

  1. Use a product with DEET (up to 35-50% DEET for adults, no more than 10% for children).
  2. Do not use DEET for children under 2 years of age.
  3. Put repellent only on exposed skin and clothes (NOT near eyes, nose, mouth, cuts/irritated skin or children's hands).
  4. Wash exposed skin and clothes after coming indoors.

Our West Nile Virus Program is funded, in part, by state funds from IDPH Vector Control.

Symptoms of West Nile Virus

Milder Symptoms

fever, headache, body aches, rash swollen glands

Severe Symptoms

high fever, severe headache, stiff neck, muscle weakness, confusion, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma

*If you believe you may have West Nile Virus, contact your physician immediately.

What Should I Do If I Find a Suspicious Bird?

By reporting dead birds to state and local health departments, you can play an important role in monitoring West Nile Virus. Morgan County Health Department will test the birds, if the bird has been dead for less than 24 hrs and there is no sign of decaying. There is no cost to the consumer. If a dead bird is noticed after normal health department hours, the consumer needs to put the bird on ice or refrigerate the bird.