IL records its first West Nile virus in 2018

Grant Boone
September 2, 2018

As mosquitoes make their comeback in late summer and early fall, cases of West Nile Virus may increase. Fewer than 1 percent of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. By Tuesday afternoon, the state department of health confirmed a second case in Harrison County. During 2017, 51 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents.

Birds and horses can also contract the virus.

The virus is spread through bites from mosquitoes.

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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.

Prevent mosquitoes from breeding by removing stagnant water from items around your property, such as tin cans, plastic containers, flower pots, discarded tires, roof gutters, and downspouts.

The virus is typically transmitted to humans via infected mosquitoes, which live near and spawn in pools of standing water. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system. Residents should also ensure that all doors and windows are tight fitting and screens are in place and intact. If not, mosquitoes, all it does is take a cap full of water in order for them to breathe. No further files on her condition was accessible, officers said.Up to now this one year, Sixty one swimming pools or batches of mosquitoes and two birds have examined sure for West Nile virus, primarily based fully totally on the properly being department.

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