Mosquitoes Testing Positive for West Nile Virus in Adams County
The Adams County Health Department has confirmed the first positive test of mosquitoes for West Nile Virus this year.
Health Department officials report that staff collected mosquitoes that tested positive Wednesday in Quincy.
Mosquitoes pick up the virus by feeding on infected birds.
Four out of five people bitten by infected mosquitoes will not show any symptoms of West Nile. When symptoms do happen, they include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
In rare cases, West Nile can cause meningitis, encephalitis or even death.
Health department officials say you can prevent catching West Nile by eliminating sources of standing water where mosquitoes breed, wear long sleeves outside, use insect repellant with DEET, and report dead birds to your local health department.