STERLING – Sterling is the third Whiteside County community in which mosquitoes have been found to be carrying West Nile virus.
The Whiteside County Health Department on Friday said in a news release that a pool of Culex mosquitoes collected this week in Sterling had tested positive for the virus.
On Aug. 30, the department reported a pool of the “dusk-to-dawn biter” mosquitoes tested in Rock Falls was carrying West Nile. On Aug. 22, tests of mosquitoes collected at the Whiteside County Fairgrounds in Morrison were positive for the virus.
Health officials recommend that local residents wear protective clothing after dark and use a repellent that contains DEET.
They also recommend the elimination of any sources of standing water, where mosquitoes are known to breed.
Common symptoms of infection include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches that can last from a few days to a few weeks.