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Dead bird found in Plainfield tests positive for West Nile

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JOLIET, Ill. (Sun-Times Media Wire) -

A dead bird found earlier this month in southwest suburban Plainfield tested positive for the West Nile Virus, according to the Will County Health Department.

The virus, which is commonly transmitted by mosquitoes, can be fatal for humans.

While no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Will County where the bird was found, two people have died and 14 cases of the virus have been reported in Illinois this year, according to a release from the health department.

In 2012, 290 people were infected with the virus across the state, according to the release. Twelve of those cases were fatal.

The infected bird in Plainfield was one of eight samples submitted to the University of Illinois Veterinary Laboratory complex in Champaign-Urbana for laboratory analysis, according to the health department.

To prevent the spread of the virus, public health officials recommend using insect repellent containing DEET, wearing long sleeves, pants, shoes and socks when outside and repairing door and window insect screens. Officials also suggest draining water from birdbaths, flower pots and other outdoor containers.

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