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Birds found in La Salle County have West Nile virus

Posted by wlpo on August 10, 2015

The dreaded West Nile virus has popped up in dead birds in La Salle County.

A crow in Mendota and a grackle in Marseilles found dead last week both tested positive for the virus. Last month a batch of mosquitoes in Ottawa had the virus. No humans have been diagnosed yet in La Salle County.

The West Nile virus is transmitted through a mosquito which fed off an infected bird. Symptoms for humans include headaches, fever or muscle aches.

Most people who get the virus won’t even show symptoms.

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