VC Health Department Reports First Positive-West Nile Virus Bird of 2022

THE FOLLOWING IS A VERMILION COUNTY HEALTH DEPARTMENT RELEASE

A bird collected in Danville on Sept. 7 has tested positive for West Nile Virus.

This is the first bird that has tested positive in Vermilion County this year.

The Vermilion County Health Department is allowed to submit up to seven birds this year to the University of Illinois’ Veterinary School laboratory to be tested for the virus. So far this year, four birds have been submitted for testing.

Please call (217) 431-2662, ext. 5 to report a bird that appears to have died of natural causes and appears to have been dead for less than 48 hours. VCHD can accept birds through Oct. 15.

VCHD reported its first batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for West Nile Virus last week.

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