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June 4, 2014

West Nile found in Madison County mosquitoes

The first positive West Nile tests in Illinois are in, and some are in Madison County.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed two positive West Nile tests in Illinois, both within the last week.

Madison County Health Department employees collected a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive on May 30. Health department officials could not be immediately reached for comment, but the state health department confirmed the mosquitoes were found in Godfrey.

Also, a bird in Henry County tested positive on May 29 in Colona, Ill.

Last year, 76 counties reported positive tests for mosquitoes and birds. There were 117 human cases of West Nile virus, and 11 of those victims died statewide.

So far this year, no humans have tested positive for West Nile, officials said.

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