According to the health officials, the first Illinois mosquitoes were tested positive for West Nile Virus on 2018, and it was found in Glenview and Morton Grove.
According to the news release from the Illinois Department of Public Health, The North Shore Mosquito Abatement District has collected the positive mosquitoes on May 25th, 2018. As per the department, there is no cases of West Nile Virus have been reported so far.
According to the release, West Nile Virus gets transmitted through the bite of the Culexpipiens mosquito which can encounter the disease by biting the infected bird. When the temperatures rise high, we will start seeing more West Nile Virus activity as IDPH Director Nirav Shah says it.
The symptoms which may last for few days to some weeks and from five people only four people are infected with West Nile Virus, and it will not show any symptoms, and it includes fever, headache, nausea and muscle aches. In very rare cases, a severe illness which includes meningitis or encephalitis or even death can occur.
The first West Nile Virus which is positive as it was collected on May 23rd and May 24th in Madison County, as per the release. During the last year, 63 counties in Illinois have reported West Nile Virus positive which results in mosquito batches, humans or birds.
The virus which is spread to humans by mosquitoes which are after the insects feed on infected birds. The health officials have recommended the steps, and it is taken to prevent mosquito bites which include limiting time outdoors at dawn and dusk, and it uses the insect repellent, empty water-holding, keeps screens in good repair and trains tall grass and weeds.
According to the DHS, it said that less than one percent of those who become would get seriously ill with symptoms of high fever, stiff neck, muscle weakness, mental confusion, tremors, coma, paralysis, and disorientation.
Residents of Illinois can protect themselves by eliminating the standing water around the home, wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts, installing screens on doors and windows, as per the release. It encourages people to report locations with sitting stagnant water which usually occurs in roadside ditches or flooded yards.