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Local health department combats West Nile virus

On the heels of a confirmed case of West Nile in Illinois, the Adams County Health Department said they’re getting ready to combat it locally.

Mitchell Housewright with the Adams County Health Department said usually traps are set by now but because of the rain they have had to delay the process.

These traps help them track the disease, but Housewright says there are ways you can keep yourself safe.

“Things to take in account for yourself is just to reduce any standing water around your home. Check and make sure your screens in your homes you don’t have holes in them or things like that in them. If you’re going out and about just wear some long sleeve light colored clothes.”

Housewright says you can also help by reporting any dead birds to the Adams County Health Department

 

tpeterson

Photojournalist for WGEM

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