First Report of West Nile Virus in Northern Illinois
We are barely into June and it's happened already, the first report of the West Nile virus has turned up in Illinois.Summer does not officially begin until June 20th, but no one told the mosquitoes.
The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDHP) has announced that first West Nile virus positive mosquito batch was discovered on May 25, 2016 in Glenview. You can blame it on the warm weather.
IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah, M.D., J.D said
As temperatures increase, we’ll start seeing more mosquitoes so it’s important to take precautions to protect yourself by wearing insect repellent and getting rid of standing water around your home.
Most people who contract the disease have no symptoms. More sever cases will invloice:
In rare instances, death can occur.
The disease is transmitted by the infected mosquito making contact with a human.
Yes, the mosquitoes are already out this year. Always wear proper protection, especially if you plan to be outdoors. Mosquito bites can occur at any time, but are most common at dusk.
Check out these tips to avoid mosquito bites and prevention: