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General Health : Infectious Disease Last Updated: Apr 20, 2011 - 9:38:09 AM


West Nile virus kills second Illinoisan
By fc/Illinois Department of Public Health
Aug 30, 2006 - 5:06:00 PM

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August 29, 2006

The second death from West Nile virus in Illinois has been confirmed, the Illinois Department of Public Health cited the Bond County Health Department as reporting on Aug 29.

The case of West Nile virus was reported from Bond County. The man, in his 80's died from neuroinvasive disease resulting from the WNV infection.

A Will County man who died August 23 was the state's first reported human West Nile virus death this year.

As of Aug. 29, the total number of human cases of West Nile virus infections has reached 39, compared to 25 as of Aug 25.

So far, human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Bond County (1). Cook County (Chicago) (9), Cook County (Suburban) (15), Crawford County (1), PuPage County (6), Kane County (1), Madison County (1), Rock Island County (1), Sangamon County (1), St. Clair County (2), and Will County (1).

"This is the riskiest time of year for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes that carry the virus peak around late summer so everybody needs to be vigilant against mosquito bites ?the season is not over,?said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.

Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile disease is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.

To date, 61 counties out of 102 have reported positive test results for West Nile virus in mosquitoes, birds and horses. A list of those counties can be found on the IDPH website.

Individuals can reduce their risk of West Nile illness and other mosquito-borne diseases by taking these precautions:

Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or other openings. Try to keep doors and windows shut, especially at night.

Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water in bird baths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any other receptacles. In communities where there are organized mosquito control programs, contact your municipal government to report areas of stagnant water in roadside ditches, flooded yards and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Department's Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or people can call the West Nile Virus Hotline at 866-369-9710 Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


Source: Much of the article is from the website of the Illinois Department of Public Health




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