West Nile virus detected in southern ME mosquito pool

Child adult infected with West Nile bringing total to 5

Health officials say a LaSalle County resident over 65 became ill in early August and tested positive for West Nile virus. At least four cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed this season in MA.

OPH is targeting areas where the county is seeing the disease-carrying mosquitoes and will continue to conduct adult mosquito control events.

Officials advise avoiding mosquito bites by getting rid of standing water and wearing repellent. The mosquitoes then infect the humans and animals they bite, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The State of IL is reporting its first death this season due to an infection of West Nile virus.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellant containing an EPA-registered active ingredient.

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"While most people who are infected recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death - especially those over 50 years of age", Byers said. Follow the directions on the package. People should also consider staying indoors during times of high mosquito activity such as dawn and dusk, and keep screens in good fix. VDH has received reports of WNV [West Nile Virus] from multiple regions of the state for a combined total of 12 human cases in 2018. Mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus look for stagnant water to breed in, so be sure gutters and eaves are clear of leaves and debris.

Also, any holes in screen doors or windows should be fixed so that bugs can not find their way inside.

Most infected people don't have symptoms, but about one in five infected people run a fever and have other symptoms, such as a headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, swollen lymph nodes or muscle weakness, according to the CDC. Of that number, two were Montgomery County residents.

West Nile has impacted 58 IL counties this year in animal and mosquito cases.

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