West Nile virus confirmed in Doddridge County mosquitoes

West Nile virus confirmed in Doddridge County mosquitoes

Chris Cookman, owner of Mosquito Joe in Bolingbroke, wasn't surprised when he heard reports of the West Nile Virus in Middle Georgia.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a LaSalle County resident has died and is the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.

With Milner Stadium in the middle alert zone, high school football games this week mean there will be a lot more people in the area than just residents.

And experts stress prevention, such as dumping standing water, wearing repellent and/or long sleeves and trousers when you're outside.

The most effective way to protect against WNV infection and all mosquito-borne diseases is to prevent mosquito bites.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package.

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Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water because they are excellent breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.

Be sure to use insect repellent and wear long sleeves and trousers at these times, or consider staying indoors during these hours.

- Use screens on your windows and doors. The health department has found a 400 percent increase in the number of mosquitoes that transmit the disease. "In 2013, we had a West Nile virus mosquito from Cranberry Acres area off of Lambert's Cove Road", Valley said. EEE is rare illness in humans, and only a few cases are reported in the United States each year, according to this DPH press release.

Michael Hokanson, with the North Central Health District, confirms there have been under 5 cases reported in the district.

Officials at the LaSalle County Health Department declined to comment on what part of the county the resident was from, citing patient confidentiality.

Symptoms of WNV include headache, fever, neck discomfort, muscle and joint aches, swollen lymph nodes and a rash - that usually develop three to 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

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