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West Nile infected birds found in Bloomington

Thu, 30 Aug 2012 15:08:50 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The McLean County Health Department warns of more birds infected with the West Nile virus. Two such birds have been found in Bloomington to join one found earlier this summer in Normal. So far this season 56 people in Illinois have caught West Nile and two have died. The virus has turned up in 44 counties in the state. Health officials say dry conditions lead to more standing and stagnant water which can allow more mosquitoes to breed and carry the virus. McLean County Health Director Walt Howe says people should protect themselves with bug spray and wear long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. The season for the disease that can cause severe neurological problems and death runs through October.

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