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West Nile Virus found in La Salle County birds

Posted by wlpo on June 16, 2011

A dead crow in La Salle and another dead bird in Sandwich apparently died due to West Nile Virus.  They mark the first two bird cases of virus in Illinois this year.  They were collected last Wednesday.

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that have gotten the virus from feeding on infected birds.  People and other animals catch the virus after being bitten by infected mosquitoes.

You can protect yourself from the virus by wearing insect repellant, long pants and sleeves and staying inside when mosquitoes are most active.

The La Salle County Health Department wants to know about crows, blue jays, robins and perching birds that seemed to have died of natural causes.  They would also like to know about potential mosquito breeding sites.

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