West Nile Found in Bird in Central Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) – The Illinois Department of Public Health says the first bird found to be infected by West Nile in central Illinois this year was discovered last week in Champaign.

The News-Gazette newspaper in Champaign reported Tuesday the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District found the body of the crow June 12. The health district’s Jeff Blackford says the crow tested positive for the virus.

The Department of Public Health says West Nile has also been found this year in a bird found in Cook County and in mosquitoes in DuPage and Cook counties. No human infections have been reported in Illinois so far this year.

The state warned that high temperatures this week could lead to an increase in West Nile’s spread.

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