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2 RESIDENTS RECOVERING FROM WEST NILE VIRUS

LOCKPORT -- West Nile Virus has been confirmed in two Niagara County residents who contracted the encephalitislike illness in September, the county Health Department said Tuesday.

Both people, whose names were withheld for confidentially reasons, were hospitalized and discharged to complete their recoveries at home, said department spokeswoman Elaine Roman. One lives in North Tonawanda and the other in Ransomville. The latter is believed to have contracted the virus out of state.

A horse infected with the virus was also found in Pendleton.

The virus is carried in mosquitoes, which can infect birds, animals and humans. With the coming winter, mosquitoes are no longer considered an active threat, Roman said. The department, however, has stepped up its surveillance for dead crows and blue jays, which are most susceptible to contracting the disease.

People are asked to report dead blue jays or crows by telephoning the county Health Department at 439-7444.

LIST OF POLLING PLACES AVAILABLE ON WEB SITE

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Board of Elections announced Tuesday that a list of all polling places is available on its Web site for the use of voters who don't know where they are supposed to go Tuesday. The Web address is www.elections.niagara.ny.us.

The Board of Elections also reminded voters that federal law requires that all voters newly registered since Jan. 1, 2003, must bring identification to the polls Tuesday. Acceptable forms of identification are driver's licenses, nondriver ID cards, passports, student IDs or military and government IDs.

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