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West Nile found in dead owl in Logan County

October 10, 2012 at 08:33 PM

The State Journal-Register

LINCOLN — A dead owl found Oct. 4 in Atlanta has tested positive for the West Nile virus, Logan County Department of Public Health officials said Wednesday.

The finding is a reminder that people should continue to take precautions to avoid being infected by the virus, health department officials said.

West Nile, which is carried by mosquitoes and can infect people, birds and other animals, can remain active when temperatures are above 60 degrees, officials said. The virus usually will persist until the first hard frost.

There have been 185 human cases of West Nile infection this year in Illinois, including seven deaths.

The only human cases in central and southern Illinois have been in the counties of Peoria, McLean, Macoupin, Bond and Crawford. The deaths all have involved Chicago-area residents.

Logan health department officials are continuing to urge people to prevent West Nile-related disease by reducing the number of mosquitoes around homes and using personal protection. They suggest people apply mosquito repellent when outdoors and wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt.

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