Champaign-Urbana Public Health District

Increased West Nile Viral Activity in Champaign County

Tuesday - Jul 17, 2012

Champaign-Urbana Public Health District/Champaign County Public Health Department Urges Residents to take precautions

Champaign, IL - Several mosquito samples in Champaign and Urbana have recently tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). "During hot and dry conditions WNV will amplify between the bird and Culex mosquito populations, and unfortunately with the weather we have been experiencing, this is taking place earlier than the previous couple of years," said Jim Roberts, Director of Environmental Health at the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District (CUPHD)/Champaign County Public Health Department.

The best way to prevent WNV infection or any other mosquito-borne illness is to prevent mosquito bites and to eliminate mosquito breeding sites.

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