SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — State public health officials say they've confirmed Illinois' first mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile virus this season.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that DuPage County Health Department staff collected the positive mosquitoes Tuesday in the village of Wayne. No human cases have been reported so far in 2019.
The first mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus last season were collected on May 25, four days later than this year. Health department records show 74 Illinois counties reported West Nile virus positive mosquitoes or birds or a human case in 2018. There were 176 human cases last year, including 17 deaths.
The virus is transmitted through mosquito bites. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches, however most people won't show symptoms.
Crews rebuild flood barrier to protect downtown Davenport
DAVENPORT (AP) — Crews are rebuilding a temporary flood barrier in an effort to protect downtown Davenport as the Mississippi River threatens to rise again.
The river breached the barrier on April 30, sending floodwaters into the city. Video footage from security cameras on the day of the flood shows water spilling over the top of the barrier.
An investigation by British manufacturer HESCO found no structural fault.
The Quad-City Times reports that crews started to reassemble the structure Wednesday, packing giant green baskets with sand.
Davenport's public works department has already spent over $1 million on fighting floods this spring.
As of Thursday, the Mississippi River was at 16.7 feet, but experts say the river could rise to at least 18 feet by May 31.
5 tornados confirmed in Illinois after strong storms
CANTRALL, Ill. (AP) — The National Weather Service has confirmed five tornados in central and western Illinois after a line of strong storms moved across the state.
The weather service says the tornados touched down between 8:15 p.m. Wednesday and 8:15 a.m. Thursday with wind speeds between 60 and 105 mph. No one was injured but farm buildings were destroyed, power poles were snapped and one semi-truck was blown off Interstate 74 in a tornado confirmed in Vermilion County near the village of Muncie.
A tornado with 100 mph winds was confirmed in Hancock County in western Illinois. The other tornado touchdowns were confirmed in Sangamon County near Cantrall, Clay County near Xenia and Logan County near Lincoln, where the funnel cloud crossed south over Interstate 55.
Man arrested in Mexico will face Iowa fatal assault charges
SIOUX CITY (AP) — Police have arrested a man in Mexico on charges related to the July 2018 death of a man in Sioux City.
The Sioux City Journal reports police in Mexico arrested Ray Avila on Monday in Jalisco, Mexico. He was charged with involuntary manslaughter and assault causing injury in the death of 31-year-old Peter Johnson.
Sioux City police say authorities in Mexico acted on information from the U.S. Marshals Service, which believed Avila had been staying in the small town of Jalisco, where he had relatives.
Police accuse the 24-year-old Avila of being involved in the July 29, 2018, fatal assault of Johnson in downtown Sioux City.
Avila will be transported to Woodbury County to face charges.