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Will County Wants Residents To Report Dead Birds For West Nile Virus Testing

August 19, 2019 - 4:47 pm

WILL COUNTY (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- If you see a dead bird in Will County, you might want to make a call.

Steve Brandy, with the Will County Health Department, told WBBM that in order to keep track of West Nile Virus, capturing mosquitoes and birds is necessary.

"We need to test a certain amount of birds for West Nile Virus activity," Brandy said. "We haven't had too many turned in. Now, what we ask is that if Will County residents find a deceased bird on their property, call that hotline to report it."

The most common birds to carry West Nile Virus, which is transmitted from birds to humans through the bite of a culex mosquito, are Robins, Blue Jays, and Crows, according to the Will County Health Department.

There has been only one reported human case of West Nile virus in Illinois so far this year. Last year, there were 176 cases and 17 deaths.

The 24-hour hotline to reoort a dead bird is 815-740-7631.