Published: Fri, August 11, 2017
Medicine | By Megan Pierce

DuPage County Reports 2017's First Human case of West Nile Virus

DuPage County Reports 2017's First Human case of West Nile Virus

For a current list of West Nile virus activity this year, visit this page on the district's website.

Mosquito batches taken at six locations in Naperville are among dozens that have tested positive for West Nile virus in DuPage County, prompting a health advisory from the county health department. Since then there have been four human cases - all in the Okanagan.

Although many residents have been bothered by large numbers of floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes after the recent storms and Fox River flooding, those types of mosquitoes are not significant carriers of the West Nile virus, according to the release. People older than 50 area at greater risk. There are things everyone can do both at home and while travelling to reduce the risk of infection. It can infect horses, birds and people, but does not spread directly from horses to people or other animals.

The virus is carried by Culex mosquitoes, which lay their eggs in ditches with water that has been stagnant for more than a week, according tot he release.

Maintain neglected swimming pools. "I encourage livestock owners to keep an eye out for standing water for mosquito populations", said State Veterinarian Dr. Keith Roehr.

Tips on how to protect yourself from West Nile, and how to help with the prevention of mosquitoes, can be found here.

"Residents should avoid peak times of mosquito action", Fausek said.

Hancock Public Health recommends eliminating standing water, limiting outside activities during dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, using insect repellent containing DEET and wearing loose, light-colored clothing.

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