The Winnebago County Health Department just made the announcement that a bird in the 61107 zip code tested positive for West Nile.

While you keep asking what happened to the 'murder hornets' on Facebook, mosquitoes were asking those hornets to hold their beers. West Nile Virus has now arrived in Rockford.

The West Nile virus is spread by a bite from an infected mosquito. At present, the WCHD says no human cases have been reported in Winnebago County.

Quite often, a person who gets bitten by an infected mosquito will show no symptoms., that being said, there are still symptoms that you should be watching for if you think you've been bitten by an infected mosquito:

  • fever
  • nausea
  • headache
  • body aches within three to 14 days of the bite

The infected bird was recovered in Rockford's 61107 zip code, according to Report any dead birds to the Winnebago County Health Department at 815-720-4245.

There are things you'll want to consider doing, to help lower the amount of mosquitoes in your area like, dumping standing water every five days and getting rid of old tires.

Also, be sure to apply insect repellent with DEET. and wear shoes and socks and cover yourself with pants and long-sleeve shirts.


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