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West Nile Update Provided to Board of Health

WGIL Newsroom . Local News 182

No mosquito specimens have turned up West Nile Virus in Knox County.

That’s according to the discussion during last night’s Knox County Board of Health Meeting. The Health Department conducts regular testing of dead animals and mosquito populations for track the spread of the disease.

A bird specimen revealed the West Nile Virus was present in the area last month.

Director of Health Protection Sam Jarvis says the finding has been typical of late.

“I believe the past several years, we’ve detected at least one or two dead birds that are positive for West Nile,” says Jarvis.

The Health Department has so far taken 25 mosquito batch samples from 24 locations around the area.

Currently, Illinois has 22 counties where the disease has been located.