Fourth bird found with West Nile virus in McLean County

Surveillance for West Nile virus ends this weekend. (Photo by AsbokPrabhakaran/flickr)


By Greg Halbleib

BLOOMINGTON – A fourth bird has tested positive for West Nile virus in McLean County.

The McLean County Health Department reports latest bird was collected from the 61704 zip code in Bloomington. The three other birds were from Bloomington, Normal and LeRoy.

The department says West Nile surveillance ends for the year on Saturday and no more dead birds will be collected. The disease is carried by mosquitoes, and the department says precautions against mosquito bites should be taken until temperatures remain consistently below 55 degrees.

Greg Halbleib can be reached at [email protected].


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