To date in Illinois this year, 179 human cases of West Nile virus
have been reported, of which 143 are from Cook and DuPage counties.
In addition, six deaths have been reported.
This is a reminder
that even though it is autumn, mosquitoes can remain active when
temperatures are above 60 degrees F, and activity will usually
persist until the first hard frost.
Because of the existing threat, the Logan County Department of
Public Health would like to remind everyone that the best way to
prevent West Nile virus disease is to reduce the number of
mosquitoes around your home and use personal protection.
department urges you to practice the three "R's" -- reduce, repel
your exposure by avoiding being outdoors when mosquitoes are
most active, from dusk to dawn. Repair screens with tears or any
other outer openings. Keep windows shut, and eliminate areas of
standing water around your property where mosquitoes can breed.
mosquitoes from biting when outdoors by wearing shoes, socks,
long pants and a long-sleeved shirt (light-colored clothing
preferred). Wear repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of
lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, and use according to the label
Do report dead birds to the
Logan County Department of Public Health. If the bird has been
dead less than 24 hours and appears to have died of natural
causes, it may be eligible for testing. In addition, contact the
health department or your local municipality to report any
stagnant water in roadside ditches, abandoned pools, flooded
yards or similar locations that may provide breeding sites for
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The health department appreciates the assistance the public has
provided during the 2012 season to help monitor West Nile virus
activity through the reporting of dead birds. The monitoring season
is coming to a close and the state laboratory will not accept bird
specimens after Oct. 15.
Remember to play it safe and continue to take preventive measures
until mosquito activity fully ceases.
If you have questions regarding West Nile virus, you can contact
the Logan County Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317.
[Text from file received from
Logan County Department of Public