Bird collected in Morton tests postive for West Nile

Oct 3, 2013

More birds with West Nile Virus are popping up in Tazewell County. The county’s Health Department previously reported disease-positive birds in Delevan, Pekin, and Washington. It most recently collected a blue jay with the virus in Morton. The disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.

The health department is reminding people to exercise the three R’s: reduce exposure from mosquitoes from dusk to dawn, use repellent and protective clothing and report dead birds and standing water in ditches and roadways to municipal authorities.