West Nile Virus Discovered in Boone and McHenry Counties
Even though the number of mosquito and bug bites have been down due to the drier weather, West Nile virus remains a problem.
West Nile Virus has been discovered in Boone county. According to a published report, in August, a pool of mosquitoes in Boone County tested positive for West Nile Virus. This marks the first time this summer that a test turned up positive in Boone County.
The mosquitoes were tested from:
- Poplar Grove
The tests were, which is the first positive test of the summer there. However, no cases of West Nile virus was reported in humans or birds. In June we reported that mosquitoes tested positive in Winnebago County.
In McHenry County the news is slightly worst, as first human case was reported on Wednesday. According to a report in the Northwest Daily Herald, an elderly resident of McHenry County was in the hospital for symptoms related to West Nile.
Last year, there were six deaths related to West Nile virus, this year, to date, there have been no deaths.
When going outdoors it's important to remember the THREE 'R's
1. REDUCE Exposure: Avoid being outdoors when avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active. The worst time to be out is between sunset and sunrise.
2. REPEL: Spray on insect repellent. Make sure it contains DEET. The WCHD also recommends that you wear shoes and socks and long pants.
3. REPORT: The WCHD asks that you report a dead bird who may have West Nile Virus by calling 815-720-4245