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    ...HEAT ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 10 AM THIS MORNING TO 8 PM CDT TUESDAY...
    Effective: June 17, 2024 @ 10:00am
    Expires: June 18, 2024 @ 8:00pm
    WHAT
    Peak afternoon heat indices between 95 to around 100 degrees.
    WHERE
    Portions of north central, northwest, and west central Illinois, east central, northeast, and southeast Iowa, and northeast Missouri.
    WHEN
    From 10 AM this morning to 8 PM CDT Tuesday.
    IMPACTS
    Hot temperatures and humid conditions may cause heat illnesses.
    ADDITIONAL DETAILS
    Overnight temperatures in the 70s will provide little relief for those without air conditioning.
    PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS
    Drink plenty of fluids, stay in an air-conditioned room, stay out of the sun, and check up on relatives and neighbors. Take extra precautions when outside. Wear lightweight and loose fitting clothing. Try to limit strenuous activities to early morning or evening. Take action when you see symptoms of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Bird Tests Positive for West Nile Virus – Sterling

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A deceased bird collected on May 31st, near Sterling, IL has tested positive for the West Nile virus according to Jennifer Kolb, Director of Environmental Health for the Whiteside County Health Department. Mosquitoes become infected with West Nile virus by feeding on infected birds and can then spread West Nile virus to humans and other animals through their bite.

Culex mosquitoes are the primary vector responsible for spreading West Nile virus to humans. These mosquitoes are typically found near stagnant or standing water including barrels, horse troughs, ornamental ponds, unmaintained swimming pools, puddles, creeks, ditches, and marshy areas and are most likely to bite during dawn and dusk.

Typically August and September is when WNV activity is at its highest and the threat of West Nile exposure can remain until the first frost. As we begin to approach peak season for mosquito borne disease, it is important for the public to take some simple precautions including practicing the three “R’s” – reduce, repel, and report.

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