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The first Illinois mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found on June 3, but don't run for the hills just yet -- they were found in Gallatin County, in southern Illinois. And with only five human cases of the West Nile virus reported in Illinois last year, there's no need to close yourself up in a plastic bubble; bug spray will do just fine.

 
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