OGLE COUNTY (WREX) — Health officials say two more pools of mosquitoes in Ogle County have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The Ogle County Health Department (OCHD) made the confirmation on Tuesday.
Health officials say one of the pools of mosquitoes was found near Rochelle and a separate pool of mosquitoes were found in Monroe Center.
There was also a previously confirmed positive mosquito pool near Polo earlier this year.
The health department says with three separate mosquito pools from three different locations throughout the county being confirmed as positive, it’s important to be alert and take protective measures against West Nile virus.
Monitoring for West Nile virus in Illinois includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.
People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.
Precautions include practicing the three “R’s” — reduce, repel and report.