Health department announces West Nile virus monitoring program
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[May 19, 2011]
With warm weather upon us, mosquitoes
will become active, thus increasing the threat of mosquito-related
diseases such as West Nile virus. The Logan County Department of
Public Health reminds everyone to take precautions to eliminate
breeding areas around your home and to avoid mosquito bites.
Precautions to prevent mosquitoes include the following:
outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between
dusk and dawn. Use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are
wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt. It's
preferable to wear light-colored clothing. Apply insect
repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon
eucalyptus, and use it according to label instructions. Contact
a physician before using repellents on infants.
Make sure doors
and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace
screens that might have tears or other openings. Try to keep
doors and windows shut, especially at night.
Eliminate all sources of standing water
that can support mosquito breeding, including water in
birdbaths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and other
receptacles. Contact your local municipal government or the
Logan County Department of Public Health to report areas of
stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar
locations that may produce mosquitoes.
The health department will start monitoring for mosquito activity
on Monday and continue through Oct. 15. Monitoring includes the
collection and submittal of dead birds to an Illinois state
laboratory for West Nile virus testing.
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The Logan County Department of Public Health would appreciate
your help. If you observe a dead or dying bird, please contact the
department to see if the bird is eligible for testing. Eligible
birds must meet various conditions and can include crows, blue jays,
robins and other perching birds that appear to have died of natural
causes within the previous 24 hours. Birds showing signs of
decomposition are not eligible.
For further information, you can contact the Logan County
Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public