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The Fayette County Health Department recently collected and submitted a dead bird (Blue Jay) to the University of Illinois Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, and this bird tested positive for West Nile Virus.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Common West Nile virus symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.
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