[September 13, 2013]The Logan County Department of
Public Health was informed on Friday by the Illinois Department of
Public Health of a Logan County death associated with West Nile
virus. The individual was a male in his 80s who lived in rural Logan
County and had a recent travel history out-of-state.
It is important to know that back on July 17, misquotes trapped in
the Mount Pulaski area tested positive for WNV.
"Since we know WNV
is in the area, this gentleman's travel history doesn't influence
our communication and preparedness message," said Mark Hilliard,
administrator of the health department.
This is a reminder that even though the area hasn't had
significant rain totals lately, the mosquitoes that carry WNV breed
in stagnant water. The recent hot and dry conditions provide ideal
breeding environments in the area.
Because of the existing threat, the Logan County Department of
Public Health would like to remind everyone that the best way to
prevent WNV disease is to reduce the number of mosquitoes around
your home and to use personal protection.
The Logan County Department of Public Health urges you to
practice the three "R's" -- reduce, repel and report.
your exposure by avoiding being outdoors when mosquitoes are
most active, from dusk to dawn. Repair torn screens 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 you are outdoors by wearing shoes,
socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt (light-colored
clothing is preferred). Wear repellents that contain DEET,
picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, and use according
to the label instructions.
Do report dead birds to the
Logan County Department of Public Health. If a bird has been
dead less than 24 hours and appeared to die 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 areas or
similar locations that may provide breeding sites for
The health department appreciates the assistance the public has
provided during the 2013 season to help to monitor WNV activity by
reporting dead birds and placing raps.
If you have questions regarding WNV, you can contact the Logan
County Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317.