|July 9, 2003||West Nile
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UPDATE: LOGAN COUNTY AND CHICAGO BIRDS POSITIVE FOR WEST NILE
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported a dead blue jay in Chicago in Cook County and a dead crow in Lincoln in Logan County have tested positive for West Nile virus. In addition a mosquito pool in Chicago has tested positive for the virus.
A total of seven birds in Illinois have tested positive this year for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1. Other positive birds have been reported in Cook County (1), Henderson County (1), Kankakee County (1), Livingston County (1) and St. Clair County (1). In addition, four mosquito pools three in Lake County and one in DuPage County have tested positive for the virus.
Because the virus is present in Illinois, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, recommends individuals take a number of precautions to reduce contact with mosquitoes:
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Departments Web site: www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or obtained by contacting the Departments West Nile virus toll-free hotline at 1-866-369-9710.
EDITOR'S NOTE: Additional confirmations of birds identified with West Nile virus will be posted on Tuesdays and Thursdays on the Department's Web site.
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