Sharon Sims launched the nation's first support group for West Nile Virus patients in 2003 one year after MS saw 193 cases of WNV. No cases were reported in Grant County previous year, although West Nile showed up in 14 mosquito samples there. The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District staff collected the positive mosquitoes May 25 in Glenview and Morton Grove, according to the release.
Monitoring for West Nile virus in IL includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms. The resident who located the bird has been notified that it tested positive for the virus, officials said.
The first human case of West Nile virus in 2017 was reported on July 20, 2017.
Since 2002, South Dakota has reported 2,432 human cases, resulting in 778 hospitalizations and 42 deaths. During the 2017 season, the Illinois Department of Public Health reported 90 human cases, including eight deaths, the department's release stated.
Mosquitos and dead birds with West Nile were also found in Alameda County in recent weeks, according to state officials.
And it's only %1-3 percent of people infected with West Nile that will develop encephalitis or meningitis.
No vaccine or specific antiviral treatment for West Nile virus exists, and people with weak immune systems, health conditions, and people older than 60 could be at higher risk for severe illness if they contract the virus, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Department of Public Health issued the following announcement on June 23. Try to keep doors and windows shut.
West Nile virus was first detected in the U.S.in 1999.
People can make their environment less hospitable to mosquitos by preventing standing water from accumulating around their home and wearing insect repellant, health officials say.