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
"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
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.