Mosquito samples test positive for West Nile

Mosquito samples test positive for West Nile

CHAMPAIGN — Several mosquito samples from Champaign County have tested positive for West Nile virus, the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District warned Monday.

Health officials urge taking steps to limit exposure to mosquitoes, which can transfer the infection to people.

Safety measures include draining standing water around your home, sealing up openings in your home where mosquitoes can get in and wearing protective clothing and applying insect repellent outdoors. Peak mosquito activity hours are between dusk and dawn.

Champaign is one of 47 Illinois counties reporting positive samples for West Nile virus in birds and mosquitoes, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health.

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wilsona wrote on August 20, 2013 at 2:08 am


You should really consider using a little spell check on your headlines every so often.

Mike Howie wrote on August 20, 2013 at 7:08 am
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Thanks for the note. But the blame for the misspelling lies with me, not with Debra. 

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