BLOOMINGTON (WEEK) – Another bird in McLean County has tested positive for West Nile Virus, health officials said on Tuesday.
A bird discovered in the 61753 zip code area, which is the Lexington area, tested positive according to a McLean County Health Department news release.
The other bird tested positive in mid-September. It came from the 61704 zip code area, which is east of Bloomington, the health department said.
McLean is one of 22 Illinois counties with confirmed West Nile Virus cases. In Illinois, there have been 2,277 positive mosquito pool samples, seven positive birds and 24 human cases of West Nile Virus.
The health department said human infections happen mainly from mid-summer to early fall, but mosquitoes that can carry the virus may be present through October.
West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that can cause encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain.
Mild cases can cause a slight fever or headache. Severe infections can lead to high fever, disorientation, and even paralysis or death. Persons at highest risk for serious illness are young children.
The health department advises people to limit time they’re spending outdoors between dusk and dawn, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts, socks, and shoes, repair and replace worn or torn screens on doors and windows, and get rid of stagnant, shallow water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding.
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