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First West Nile Case of the Summer Confirmed in IL

22 July 2017

The city is warning people to take precautions after mosquitos caught in a trap have tested positive for West Nile virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Thursday that a Will County man in his 60s became ill with the virus at the end of June.

"This is typically the time of year we start to see human cases of West Nile virus in IL", state Public Health Director Dr. Nirav Shah said in a statement.

West Nile is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.

About 20 percent of people infected develop a fever with other symptoms, like a rash, headache, body ache, joint pain, diarrhea or vomiting, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Mosquitoes in Mascoutah tested positive for West Nile Virus during a random test by the St. Clair County Health Department.

"Hot weather and standing water create the ideal conditions for mosquitoes to breed", Executive Director Mark Pfister said. He reminded people to wear layers of bug spray, eliminate standing pools of water and use caution when outdoors. In rare cases, severe illness includes meningitis, encephalitis or death. People need to be vigilant about personal protection. "A serious West Nile virus infection generally requires hospitalization".

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long trousers and a long sleeved shirt, and apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, according to label instructions.

Use repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or emon-eucalyptus oil, and avoid exposure to outdoor mosquitos by limiting outdoor activity between dusk and dawn.

First West Nile Case of the Summer Confirmed in IL