First human case of West Nile this year in IL reported

The infected sample was collected on June 14 in Washington Township. No human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Dauphin County

In 2017, 63 counties in IL reported a West Nile virus positive mosquito batch, bird and/or human case. A Chicago resident in her mid-60s became ill in mid-May.

The research team said it discovered the method while researching sage grouse populations in the intermountain west, adding sage grouse populations suffer adverse impacts from mosquitoes transferring viruses like West Nile.

However, the health district also reports that while 14 mosquito samples tested positive for West Nile in 2017, there were no reported cases in Grant County.

Including this latest round of grants, the state has provided local mosquito control programs with more than $7.5 million in support, in either direct grant funding or control chemicals, since the virus emerged in South Dakota.

West Nile is spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. About 1 in 5 people infected will have mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. "The more time someone is outdoors, the more time the person is at risk of being bitten by an infected mosquito; that is why we encourage everyone to take all precautions against mosquito bites". In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old auto tires, buckets, and other containers. It's important to protect yourself from bug bites by wearing loose-fitting long trousers and shirts, boots in heavily wooded areas.

Use insect repellent containing DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or PMD.

IH said West Nile virus was first detected in B.C.in the South Okanagan during the summer of 2009.

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