Residents advised to practice practical
protection against mosquitoes
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Two birds recently submitted
locally for testing of West Nile virus were found to be positive for
the virus. A dead crow found Monday in Mount Pulaski and a dead blue
jay found Tuesday in Lincoln tested positive for West Nile. Crows
and blue jays are the only two birds that can be submitted for
testing. In the last two years, Logan County has had positive birds.
According to the Illinois Department of
Public Health, continue to take simple, common-sense precautions to
avoid mosquito bites and protect yourself from West Nile disease.
These precautions include:
- Avoid being outdoors when
mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dark.
- When outdoors, wear shoes and
socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect
repellent that includes DEET according to label instructions.
Consult your physician before using repellents on young children.
- Make sure doors and windows have
Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito
breeding, including water in birdbaths, ponds, flowerpots, wading
pools, old tires and any other receptacles.
If you have
any questions, feel free to contact the Division of Environmental
Health at the Logan County Health Department, (217) 735-2317.
County Health Department