The McLean County Health Department has found the second indication of West Nile virus in the county in less than a week. The latest is a dead bird found in Normal that tested positive for West Nile. Last week a mosquito pool sample in Old Town Township east of Bloomington tested positive. 25 counties in Illinois have positive West Nile presences this year. Rainy and cool weather earlier this year reduced West Nile. Now, the health department says hotter and drier weather has created pockets of shallow stagnant water that are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes carrying the virus that can cause anything from minor flu like symptoms to serious neurological problems and death.
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