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Presence of West Nile virus confirmed in Riverside

Published: Friday, Aug. 8, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT

RIVERSIDE — The Cook County Department of Public Health informed the village of Riverside that a dead bird collected in the village has tested positive for the West Nile virus. 

The department will not be collecting any additional birds from Riverside, since the presence of the virus has been confirmed in the area. The department encourages residents follow certain precautions to prevent mosquito bites.

When outdoors between dusk and dawn, residents should cover their skin with lightly colored, lose-fitting clothing and use mosquito repellent.

Residents are also encouraged to get rid of standing water around their home, make sure doors and windows have tightly fitting screens, keep weeds and grass cut short and keep grass clean and free of debris. 

Recently in Western Springs, a dead bird also tested positive for the West Nile virus. A low level of West Nile virus was discovered in the community after testing.

Residents who find dead birds in their yard should call the Cook County Department of Public Health's West Nile virus hotline at 708-633-8025 or visit the department's website at http://shawurl.com/1c3e. 

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