1 case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Hutchinson County

20 September, 2017, 01:10 | Author: Inez Murphy
  • West Nile virus found in county

IL leaders say the West Nile virus has claimed a life for the first time this year in the state.

The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2017. By the end of 2002, Illinois had seen 884 cases with 67 deaths, the highest rate in the nation, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Past year there were 155 human cases, including six deaths. IDPH was reporting 37 human cases in IL as of this publication.

The virus is transmitted through a mosquito bite. About one in five people infected will develop a fever with some other symptoms. People are urged to take precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers, plus staying indoors between dusk and dawn. In rare cases, severe illness such as meningitis or even death can occur.

You can find more information on preventing West Nile Virus here.

A second mosquito pool in McKinney tested positive for West Nile Virus, the city announced in a press release today.

IDPH leaders say people should also avoid areas with standing water, such as old tires or buckets, where mosquitoes can breed.

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