EUREKA - A decreased crow recently found near Metamora has tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Woodford County Health Department (WCHD). The department does surveillance to monitor birds and mosquitoes that can potentially carry the virus, which can be transmitted to humans through mosquitoes that have fed on a bird that has the virus. Testing began in May and will run through mid October. The WCHD can accept up to seven birds annually.
This is the first bird to test positive for the virus in the county this year. The WCHD recommends using insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites and to reduce the risk of acquiring any mosquito-borne diseases. Insect repellent that is most effective contains EPA-registered active ingredients such as DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR 3535.