West Nile virus found in Elk Grove area

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Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a press release the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District collected mosquito specimens May 25, which tested positive for WNV. "Although we see West Nile virus in IL every year, don't become complacent".

"This case reminds us that West Nile virus is already active in Wisconsin this season, so we all need to take steps to prevent mosquito bites so we can keep from getting sick", said State Health Officer Karen McKeown in a release Thursday, Wisconsin State Journal reported. You can help make your horse's home safer by draining standing water, cleaning holding containers and stocking ponds and tanks with mosquito-eating fish.

State health department officials say: "Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches".

The West Nile virus transmits via culex pipiens mosquito bite which contract the disease when they bite an infected bird, said the press release. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

Health officials announced Wednesday that mosquitos in Glenview and Morton Grove, Illinois, tested positive for West Nile Virus.

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In 2017, 63 Illinois counties reported finding batches of mosquitoes which tested positive for West Nile, Illinois Health Dept. officials said. Most people who become infected with the virus do not develop symptoms.

In certain serious cases, the virus can cause serious illness such as encephalitis or meningitis, or can even lead to death. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal. So when you're out, Patrick says do not forget the 3-R's - reduce, repel and report. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Fix or replace screens that have tears or other openings.

Change the water in bird baths and pet dishes at least every three days.

DEFEND yourself by using an effective insect repellent.

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