Mosquito in Wilmington tests positive for West Nile virus

New cases of West Nile virus reported in Forrest Lamar counties

New cases of West Nile virus reported in Forrest Lamar counties

A Chicago man in his 70s came down with the illness in late July, according to a statement from the Illinois Department of Public Health.

The Knox County Health Department says recent lab reports confirm mosquitoes in North Knoxville tested positive for the West Nile virus. There were 176 human cases reported in the state in 2018, including 17 deaths.

Most people infected with the virus see no symptoms, but those who are affected can experience things such as headaches, vomiting, diarrhea, rashes, etc.

West Nile doesn't impact most people who are infected.

Officials say the spray will reduce the mosquito population and the risk of West Nile virus spreading to humans.

Use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

In addition to wearing long sleeves and long trousers and using bug repellent, the CDC also recommends controlling mosquitoes inside and outside your home by putting screens on windows and doors and preventing mosquitoes from laying eggs in or near water.

KCHD says residents should stay indoors during spraying and keep pets inside or in the backyard.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs near water. Abandoned swimming pools were a major breeding ground for mosquitos during the economic downturn, but something as small as an old tire or a bucket that has collected rain or sprinkler water can provide the environment necessary for mosquitos to breed.