CENTRAL ILLINOIS (WCIA) — Rain and warmer weather means the bugs are coming out around Central Illinois.
The CDC says, in Illinois, bites from mosquitos and ticks have increased by 58% between 2005 and 2016. These insects carry diseases like Lyme disease and West Nile virus.
There’s also a new, deadly virus called Bourbon virus that’s been found in the Midwest. It’s carried by ticks and symptoms include fever, fatigue, rash, headache, other body aches, nausea, and vomiting.
To stay safe, your doors and windows should have tight-fitting screens. Eliminate standing water, wear repellent that has deet, and report locations where you see stagnant water to your local health department.