Peoria County is the latest area county to find mosquitoes testing positive for West Nile Virus.
"The positive mosquito pool is an indication that West Nile virus is circulating in our area and individuals should take appropriate preventive measures to protect their health,” states Wil Hayes, Director of Environmental Health for the Peoria City/County Health Department.
The health department is setting mosquito traps throughout the county. It is also accepting dead birds, particularly crows and blue jays. Dead birds should not be handled with bare hands. Double wrap the bird in plastic garbage bags before collection and disposal. If a dead bird is found between now and Oct. 15, call the health department at 679-6161.