In Kankakee County, there were 36 positive mosquito batches, two bird cases and two human cases of West Nile virus past year.
A red-tailed hawk found in Walworth County tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Walworth County Division of Public Health. About 1 in 150 people infected with West Nile will develop the more severe form of disease. There were 34 human West Nile virus cases, including five deaths, reported In Ohio previous year.
You can reduce your risk of becoming infected by West Nile virus by avoiding areas with a lot of mosquitoes, wearing long trousers and long sleeves, and using insect repellent.
For about the past 16 years, the summer and early fall months have brought reports of birds, mosquitoes and humans who have tested positive for West Nile virus locally. It can cause high fever, headache, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis, encephalitis (inflammation of the brain) or meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord). Most people infected by the virus have no signs or symptoms.
Avoid areas where mosquitoes are prevalent. These symptoms generally appear two to 14 days following the bite of an infected mosquito.
Airplanes will spray a fine mist of an insecticide called Trumpet EC over sections of Elk Grove, the Pocket Neighborhood and neighborhoods south of Fruitridge Road.
The West Nile Virus disease is classified as non-invasive and neuroinvasive. However most people make a full recovery. Wear long sleeves, long trousers, and tuck clothing in.
Remove any standing water around your home and yard to prevent mosquito breeding.
Fix holes in screens and attach properly to windows.
Use EPA-registered insect repellents.
The health department routinely tracks mosquito-borne illnesses, including Zika. Dunks can be picked up at the Health Department during normal business hours, Monday - Friday, from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.