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Peoria County Tests for West Nile

A look into how the health department test mosquitoes for disease
PEORIA - The Peoria County/City Health Department is finishing up its season of testing for West Nile Virus.

The Tazewell County Health Department is reporting four recent cases of West Nile Virus in birds.

Even though the warm season is coming to an end, Tazewell and Peoria counties are still testing mosquito pools. The Peoria County Health Department captures the mosquitoes, freezes them then grinds them up. They put that solution into a machine that can electronically test for West Nile.

"But that doesn't mean that there's not a chance of West Nile Virus still as long as the weather's warming up, mosquitoes are breeding, which really means we haven't had a good frost there's always a chance of exposure," said Wil Hayes from the department.

Symptoms of West Nile include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
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