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West Nile virus found at 6 mosquito-checking sites in Naperville

11 August 2017, 03:37 | Randall Craig

Health Department collecting dead birds

West Nile virus found in Mitchell

The first confirmed human case in IL in 2017 was a man in his 60s from southwest suburban Will County, diagnosed in late June.

The Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District confirmed today that one dead bird from Walnut Creek and one group of mosquitoes from Byron tested positive for West Nile virus.

Authorities say they've collected 34 positive samples out of 3981 mosquito pools they've tested. The clinical signs of WNV are consistent with other important neurological diseases such as equine encephalitis, rabies, and equine herpes virus; therefore it is important to work with your veterinarian to get an accurate diagnosis through laboratory testing.

"Approximately one in five people who are infected with West Nile virus will develop symptoms (that include) fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash", Bolger said.

Although many residents have been bothered by large numbers of floodwater or nuisance mosquitoes after the recent storms and Fox River flooding, those types of mosquitoes are not significant carriers of the West Nile virus, according to the release. Benton, Franklin, Grant, Kittitas, Lincoln, Okanogan, Pend Oreille, Spokane, Stevens and Yakima counties all reported cases.

Personal protection measures are the best way to prevent West Nile Virus, Ellis said. Since then there have been four human cases - all in the Okanagan.

The state recommends vaccinating horses in the spring or obtaining an annual booster shot.

Mosquitos thrive in areas of stagnant water. They can also consider equine-approved mosquito repellent, place fans inside barns to maintain air movement and avoid leaving incandescent bulbs on at night, as they attract mosquitoes.

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