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Mild temperatures returning and health officials warn to keep guard up against West Nile

QUINCY, IL (WGEM) — Labor day weekend marked the unofficial end of summer. But, local health officials said the risk for West Nile is not over.

While many are outside and enjoying the mild temperatures, local health officials said you should keep your guard up against mosquitoes and the risk of West Nile.

Tony Dede with the Adams County Health Department said while there have not been any reports of West Nile in the count, there have been reports elsewhere in the state of Illinois. Dede said while we are turning the corner and heading into the fall season, the risk for the virus is still there.

“It’s not hot out, but it’s still warm enough that the virus and the mosquitoes are still reproducing,” he explained.

Dede said the health department will continue to monitor the mosquitoes until the average temperature at night drops below 60 degrees.

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