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West Nile Virus in bird found in Normal

Wed, 08 Aug 2012 15:46:07 CDT
By: Lee Strubinger

The McLean County Health Department is reporting a West Nile positive bird collected in the town of Normal. Authorities say mosquitoes could possibly be carrying the virus in Central Illinois. No mosquito pools or humans have tested positive for the virus in McLean County, but McLean County Health Department's Kera Simon says residents shouldn't be worried about the bird, but be sure to take extra steps in reducing mosquito exposure.

Simon says stagnant water in creeks and small rivers create the perfect breeding ground for mosquitoes that carry West Nile, making the disease drought-proof. She says during years with regular amounts of rain, flood water mosquitos that don't carry West Nile are more common. In Illinois this year, West Nile virus is striking people earlier than usual. Health officials have reported six cases so far, compared to zero at this time last year.

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