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West Nile Virus Infects Tazewell Co Man

Mon, 26 Aug 2013 16:40:41 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Tazewell County man has fallen ill with West Nile Virus. It is the first central Illinois human case of the mosquito borne disease this year and only the second in the state. The man is in his 50s. Health Department Director Doctor LaMar Hasbrouck says high temperatures and dry weather are the perfect breeding grounds for the mosquitoes that carry the virus. They prefer to lay eggs in stagnant water. 52 counties have a West Nile presence this year measured through tests on dead birds and ground up mosquito larvae.

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