Health department confirms West Nile virus in Grayslake woman

Posted September 01, 2017

Health department officials urge all county residents to protect themselves from diseases carried by mosquitoes such as West Nile virus, Eastern Equine Encephalitis, and St. Louis Encephalitis throughout the rest of the mosquito season.

"The Ministry of Health emphasizes that all these cases, detected and registered in Romania, are sporadic cases and don't pose the risk of a large epidemic", reads the Ministry's press release.

Mosquitos in OH have tested positive for West Nile Virus. DHEC said most people infected with West Nile are bitten by an infected mosquito.

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While many people who become infected don't develop symptoms, others become sick in 3-15 days after exposure. Those who do become ill experience mild symptoms such as fever, muscle ache or fatigue.

All have been hospitalized for treatment of neurologic disease. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals. But, Dr. Roumeliotis noted, people with weak immune systems are at a greater risk for serious complications that include encephalitis (infection of the brain) and possibly death. "We encourage people to stay active outdoors, but please do not forget to wear insect repellent and take other precautions to avoid mosquito bites". DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30 percent or less on older children. However, DSHS emphasizes that personal protection is still the best defense against mosquito bites. Clothing should be light colored and made of tightly woven materials that keep mosquitoes away from the skin.

Ensuring the doors and windows in your home have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

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The cover part: wear long sleeves and trousers when going out at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes feed. Fix or replace screens with tears or holes.

Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water.

Removing all sources of standing water from your property, including flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, birdbaths, old vehicle tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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