Published: Fri, June 22, 2018
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First human West Nile virus case reported in IL

First human West Nile virus case reported in IL

The department says it asked the Centers for Disease Control to do more testing because this case was reported earlier than West Nile cases usually are.

Mosquito District No. 1 covers the greater Moses Lake area, as far south as Potholes Reservoir and north to a point almost halfway between Soap Lake and Wilson Creek.

The first case of the West Nile virus in IL this year is now confirmed.

The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed today the first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile virus in Illinois f... Complete WNV surveillance data can be found on the WA State Department of Health website.

Those in Centreville, Canteen, Stites and East St. Louis townships should contact the East Side Health District at 618-271-8722.

Authorities say the risk of getting West Nile virus is low, but anyone can become infected. Horses provide an additional sentinel for West Nile Virus detection.

Monitoring for West Nile virus in IL includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. The released said the symptoms can include fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches. Even fewer, about 1 in 150 people infected, will have more severe symptoms, including encephalitis.

Experts have isolated the virus from the Culex modestus mosquito that lives around ponds.

Avoid being outdoors from dusk to dawn, peak mosquito biting times, if possible.

"Although the risk of contracting WNV from an infected mosquito is small, people - particularly the elderly and those with compromised immune systems - should try to reduce their risk", said Commissioner George P. Hartwick, III.

Repel - when outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Be sure to follow the instructions on the label. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age. Mosquito repellents that contain the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus work best. "Bird baths, toys, kid pools, all of that will still collect the water too". The health district is also encouraging Grant County residents to report dead birds to the health district at 509-766-7960.

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