|August 8, 2003||West Nile
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UPDATE: STEPHENSON AND WINNEBAGO COUNTY MOSQUITO BATCHES
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported mosquito batches collected in Freeport in Stephenson County and in Rockford in Winnebago County have tested positive for West Nile virus. A total of 23 birds and 36 mosquito batches in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1.
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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