According to a statement from the village, the virus was found by the Illinois Department of Public Health last week in mosquitos trapped for testing in two locations within the village.

An elderly Philadelphia man died as a result of contracting the virus previous year. The eggs often are prompted to hatch after a heavy rainfall, health officials said.

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite.

Human cases started to spike after only five were reported in 2009.

The rainy summer is swelling the mosquito population and boosting the risk of contracting the diseases they carry.

DEP in 2014 detected the virus in 1,240 mosquito samples from across Pennsylvania, 88 of them in Franklin County. When present, WNV symptoms tend to include fever and flu-like illness. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning.

Curt Anderson, director of environmental health in Auglaize County, said mosquitoes are most active certain times of the day.

Officials recommend using mosquito repellent and removing standing water from around homes and businesses.

It also is important to eliminate mosquito breeding sites from around your residence. Check rain gutters and drains.

Change water in flowerpots, birdbaths and pet watering bowls located outdoors at least twice per week.

These mosquito pools were collected 9 July.

Drain – Empty any containers holding standing water because they can be excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes. The expanded effort is funded by a $525,250 general fund appropriation, which is to help eradicate mosquitoes in the Brandon, Leicester, Salisbury and Goshen areas and for potential aerial pesticide spraying for disease threat reductions. Try to keep doors and windows that are not screened, closed. According to the Department of Health, mosquito traps, electrocuters (bug zappers), ultrasonic repellers and similar devices purported to prevent mosquitoes from biting people are not effective.

The Florida Department of Health in Pinellas County continues to monitor sentinel chicken trends.