West Nile Virus found in Champaign

CHAMPAIGN — West Nile Virus has turned up in Champaign.

A crow picked up by the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District in central Champaign June 12 tested positive for the virus, according to Jeff Blackford, program coordinator for the health district's environmental health division.

It was the first West Nile Virus positive-bird found in the central part of the state, the Illinois Department of Public Health said today.

So far this year, the virus has turned up in a bird collected in Cook County in May and mosquito batches tested in DuPage and Cook counties, also last month, according to IDPH.

With the hot weather this week, expect West Nile Virus activity to pick up, the state health department warns.

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rsp wrote on June 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm