Health officials warning of West Nile Virus

Health officials warning of West Nile Virus

Health departments in Illinois are warning you about the dangers of West Nile Virus, and one local health group is taking it to the streets to control mosquitoes that may carry the disease.

The Champaign-Urbana Public Health District is sending out Mosquito Abatement Bikers to find mosquitoes in areas of standing water known as catch basins.

CUPHD Director of Environmental Health Jim Roberts said the bikers visit the basins in the CU and Savoy area because they are prime breeding sites for the mosquitoes that carry West Nile Virus.

Meanwhile, the Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first West Nile Virus mosquito batch in Illinois for 2013 in Cook County.  The group said no human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported so far this year.

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