Illinois Reports First Case of West Nile Virus for 2017

Illinois Reports First Case of West Nile Virus for 2017

The Rock Island County Health Department has confirmed the first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch reported in the county for 2017.

A Will County resident in his 60s became ill at the end of June.

Last year, IL reported 155 cases and six deaths from West Nile virus. "One in five will have symptoms and in many people that's fever, headaches, body aches".

Recently two pools of mosquitoes have tested positive for the West Nile virus.

Secondly, she said, this summer's warm weather has contributed to growth of the mosquito population.

A middle-aged man from Ida County has tested positive.

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Symptoms tend to appear three to 15 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, according to a Lake County Health Department news release. People need to be vigilant about personal protection.

But some human cases can be more severe. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas.

Residents are being encouraged to wear insect repellant, to drain bird baths and buckets that could hold standing water, and to dress with long sleeves and trousers during peak mosquito hours, which occur around dawn and around dusk.

Remove standing water that can become breeding ground for mosquitos and install or fix screens to keep mosquitos outside.

Effective repellents are those containing the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535, as recommended by the U. S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Be most careful at dawn and dusk, which are peak mosquito-biting times.

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