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The Collecting and Testing of Dead Birds is an Important Component of CUPHD's West Nile Surveillance

Thursday - May 31, 2007

Champaign, IL - Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD) routinely tests dead birds for West Nile Virus. The results of these tests help determine the extent of West Nile Virus in Champaign County. Since West Nile Virus generally appears and grows in local bird and mosquito populations before it is transmitted to humans, monitoring bird and mosquito populations helps predict when and where humans will be at risk for infection and affords the time to take additional precautions and control measures.

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