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McLean County Health Department reports West Nile-positive bird

McLEAN COUNTY (HOI) -- The McLean County Health Department is reporting a West Nile Virus-positive bird found in the 61704 zip code.

According to a release, health department staff is going door-to-door to provide West Nile prevention information to residences in the surrounding area.

Residents are advised to:

REDUCE exposure
⦁ Keep your skin covered with long pants and long-sleeved shirts, along with socks and shoes, when outside at dawn and dusk (when Culex mosquitoes are most active)
⦁ Make sure windows and doors have screens to stop mosquitoes from entering and repair or replace screens with rips or holes
⦁ Empty and scrub, turn over, cover, or throw out items around the home that hold water on a weekly basis (including birdbaths, flower pots, wading pools, old tires and other receptacles that collect water)

REPEL mosquitoes
⦁ apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to label instructions (consult a physician before using repellents on infants)

REPORT dead birds and standing water sources
⦁ report dead birds and areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may create ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes

The McLean County Health Department says symptoms of West Nile Virus can appear 13 or 14 days after infection.

Mild cases can cause a slight fever or headache, with severe infections can lead to high fever, disorientation and even paralysis or death.

Persons at higher risk for serious illness are young children, adults 50 and older and those with compromised immune systems.

The health department says anyone concerned about their risk or experiencing symptoms should contact a physician immediately and inform the doctor about any recent mosquito bites.

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