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West Nile positive mosquitoes in Boone County

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The Boone County Health Department reports a batch of mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

So far there have been no positive bird or human cases. West Nile is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito feeding on an infected bird. People with the virus could get sick three to 15 days after the bite. Those symptoms include fever, headache or worse meningitis and even death. But only about two in 10 people bitten by an infected mosquito actually get sick.

The health department needs your help to monitor the virus. If you see a freshly dead bird such as a crow or blue jay, or know areas of stagnant water, call 815-544-2951.

 

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