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The risk of becoming seriously ill from West Nile virus infection is low for most people.

Of the 20 percent who are affected, less than 1 percent develop the serious and neurological side effects that West Nile is known for.

The Illinois Department of Public Health advises the public practice the three "R's" - reduce exposure, repel mosquitoes and report dead birds.

And to eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes, people should get rid of standing water that can be in flower pots, buckets and other areas.

"The current risk for Hamilton has moved from low to moderate based on receiving these positive results", the release reads. Stagnant backyard pools can be a big source of mosquitoes and should be maintained regularly to prevent mosquito growth. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.

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That's when mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are particularly active, with the peak time being the two hours after sunset. Those people may have immunity if bitten by an infected mosquito in the future.

-Apply insect repellent on exposed skin and clothing when you go outdoors. Check the product label for instructions on proper use. Wear longer sleeves and trousers if outside.

For additional information regarding West Nile virus, visit the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website: http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/qa/prevention.htm.

Originally from Africa, the first cases of the virus were reported in North America in 1999.


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