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Illinois: First human West Nile death reported in LaSalle County



The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has confirmed the first human West Nile Virus-related death in Illinois in 2018. A LaSalle County who was over 65 years old became ill in early August and was tested positive for West Nile virus has died

  Image / Robert Herriman
Image / Robert Herriman

"Although we are late in the summer The West Nile virus remains at risk until the first frost, "said IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, MD, JD" It is important for everyone to continue to take precautionary measures, such as insect repellents, long-sleeved shirts and pants and stay in the dusk. "

Last year IDPH reported the first human West Nile virus death in Illinois on September 29, 201

7. In 2017, there were 90 cases of human West Nile virus, including eight deaths. IDPH is currently reporting 22 human cases. West Nile virus positive results in humans, birds, mosquitoes, and / or horses were reported in 58 counties this year.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. The symptoms can last from a few days to a few weeks. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus show no symptoms. In rare cases, serious illnesses including meningitis or encephalitis or even death can occur. People over the age of 50 and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk for serious illness.

Remember to take some simple precautions to reduce the number of mosquitoes in your home and protect yourself from being bitten. Nile viruses are particularly active, especially between dawn and dusk.

  • Wear outdoor shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt and apply insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, Lemongrass Eucalyptus oil or IR 3535. according to the instructions on the label. Consult a physician before using repellents in infants.
  • Eliminate all sources of stagnant water where mosquitoes can multiply, such as old tires, buckets, and other vessels, or refresh the water in bird baths, pots, and paddling pools every few days. 19659011] Related:


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