West Nile Virus Discovered in Grant County

West Nile Virus Discovered in Grant County

Separately, as of June 2018, the World Health Organization (WHO) has not reported any human or equine cases of West Nile fever cases by EU Member States and neighboring countries during 2018. The press release also 11 of the 102 counties in IL have reported positive samples in mosquitoes or birds.

Health officials say most people infected with West Nile virus don't develop symptoms. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness.

To prevent mosquito bites and lessen your risk of West Nile, the Grant County Health District suggests limiting time outdoors during dusk and dawn, wearing long-sleeve clothing, and applying mosquito repellent, among other precautions. IDPH reported 90 human cases in 2017, including eight deaths, although authorities say human cases are underreported. Surveillance includes screening the blood supply and reporting human and animal cases. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts, long trousers and socks when outdoors, particularly when mosquitoes are most active at dawn and dusk, or in areas known for having large numbers of mosquitoes.

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DOOR and window screens should be in good working condition.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends using an insect repellent that contains the active ingredients DEET, Picaridin, IR3535 or the plant-based Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.

The City's Public Works Department treats almost two dozen bodies of stagnant water on public property each month utilizing Larvicide tablets.

Birds and horses are also vulnerable, and the district said dead birds — especially crows, ravens, magpies, jays and raptors — could be an indication of West Nile.

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