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West Nile strikes Peoria area

Thu, 13 Sep 2012 11:54:14 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports two human West Nile virus cases in Peoria County. The woman in her thirties and man in his fifties are the first human cases this year in central Illinois. Department Director Doctor LaMar Hasbrouck says in spite of the cooler temperatures health workers are still seeing West Nile cases. Hasbrouck says people should continue protecting themselves with insect repellant and removing standing water around homes in which mosquitoes can breed. So far this year there have been 94 human cases including three deaths. That's triple the cases and the same number of deaths as last year. West Nile season has another month to run.

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