February 20, 2019

Six cases of west nile virus reported in Lancaster county

02 September 2018, 06:56 | Silvia Roy

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Lake County health officials announced Friday that the county's first case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed, and involves a Waukegan woman in her 60s. Most people with this type of West Nile Virus disease recover completely, but fatigue and weakness can last for weeks or months.

Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle ache.

So far this year, Kansas has had two cases of the neuro invasive form of West Nile, both in Johnson County.

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in IL on September 29, 2017.

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Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.

In response, the health department is reminding residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

One in 150 patients will get a neuro invasive form of West Nile, which can lead to severe complications, or even death, so it is important for people to be aware of certain symptoms you'd want to have checked out.

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Recommendations consist of draining standing water from gadgets spherical properties, yards, and businesses. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. Residents can also call the Health Department's West Nile hotline to report areas of stagnant water, report locations of dead birds, and obtain more information on the signs and symptoms of West Nile virus.

Maintain window and door screening to help keep mosquitoes outside. If not, mosquitoes, all it does is take a cap full of water in order for them to breathe.

Apply insect repellents that contain the active ingredient DEET, or other EPA approved product to exposed skin or clothing, and always following the manufacturer's directions for use. This brings the statewide total to 30 cases.

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