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Health officials urge you to protect your family against West Nile Virus

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

A warning from health officials: as the summer approaches, protect your family against mosquitoes and the West Nile Virus.

Last year in Illinois, there were 290 reported human cases and 12 deaths.

The Adams County Health Department says there were three mosquito pools that tested positive for the virus last summer around Quincy.

Health officials normally trap and test mosquitoes from May until September.

To fight off mosquitoes, health officials urge you to make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens, eliminate any sources of standing water around your home, and wear insect repellant containing DEET.

Plus, report any dead birds to your local health department.

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