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1300 W. 2Nd St
Rock Falls, Illinois 61071
Whiteside County Health Department (WCHD), established in 1966, has developed into a full service comprehensive agency with approximately 140 employees. Not only does the WCHD deliver the traditional public health services like environmental, immunization ... more
Johnston said the banks of the pond could, however, be a fertile breeding ground for the basic floodwater mosquito.
One of the owls was packaged and sent to the Illinois Department of Agriculture lab in Galesburg for testing to determine if it had West Nile disease.
The lab reported late Friday, July 30, that owl was positive for West Nile, Johnston said.
"Owls are just as vulnerable as most other birds,"
"This early we haven't had one.This human case came earlier than we have had in the past," Johnston said. Late August and September is when West Nile virus typically shows up in Whiteside County, Johnston said. "We are surprised of having a human case before we have had any signs through surveillance," Johnston said.
The latest batch of mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus was found in Fulton on Sept. 12.Traps were set the nights of Sept. 10-11 in the southeast portion of Fulton, near the Manufacturers Addition subdivision, Mr. Johnston said. Mosquitoes with West Nile Virus were collected Sept. 6 in Morrison, and a dead crow was found Aug. 16 in Sterling. This week's hot weather will add to the formation of infected mosquitoes. 'The risk still remains until we get one or two hard frosts,' Mr. Johnston said.
Foods that require less preparation -- such as those that are precooked -- tend to be less risky, and those kinds of foods are what typically is found at an outside event, Mr. Johnston said. Consumers also should consider the workers preparing the food and how they handle it, officials said.Do the preparers have clean hands and clothes?Are they using gloves or other means to minimize contact with the food they are serving? And at outside events, insects also are a factor.Most booths have safeguards like screens or air curtains, but anyone eating outside should be mindful of bugs, Mr. Johnston said. "Flies are vectors,"
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