Logan County Department of Public Health urges you to “fight the
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[May 31, 2014]
LINCOLN - With the onset of warmer
weather, mosquitoes are now becoming more active. This increased
activity means that people are at risk for becoming infected with
West Nile Virus (WNV). West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the
brain caused by the WNV which is transmitted through the bite of an
infected mosquito. Last year in Illinois, 117 people fell ill to WNV
and 11 deaths were reported (including one in Logan County).
In addition to WNV, mosquitoes also carry the virus capable of
transmitting other forms of encephalitis such as Lacrosse and St.
Louis. To reduce the risks of becoming infected by mosquitoes, it
pays to “fight the bite” by taking the following precautions:
- Avoid the outdoors when mosquitoes are most active,
especially between dusk and dawn.
- When outdoors, wear shoes, socks, long pants and a
- Mosquitoes are attracted to dark colors so light-colored
clothing is preferred.
- Apply insect repellent which includes DEET, picaridin or oil
of lemon eucalyptus. Contact a physician before using repellents
on infants and always follow the label instructions.
- Eliminate ways for mosquitoes to gain entry into your home.
Be sure screens that protect doors and windows are
tight-fitting, free of tears and are in good repair.
- Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support
mosquito breeding such as flower pots, clogged gutters, old
tires, unused wading pools and other receptacles. Bird bath
water should be replaced weekly.
- To report public tire dump sites, abandoned pools, areas of
standing water in roadside ditches, flooded yards or similar
conditions which may produce mosquitoes, you can contact your
local municipality or the Logan County Department of Public
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If you are bitten by a mosquito, there is no reason to be
tested for WNV since illnesses related to mosquito bites are
rare. However, if you develop symptoms such as high fever,
confusion, muscle weakness or severe headaches, you should see
Starting Monday, June 2nd, the Logan County Department of Public
Health will begin collecting dead birds for state-funded
laboratory testing to track West Nile Virus activity. If you see
a bird that has been dead less than 24 hours or appears to have
died of natural causes, please contact the health department to
see if it qualifies for testing.
In addition to collecting birds, the health department will be
trapping and testing mosquitoes throughout Logan County to
detect WNV activity during much of the summer. This is made
possible through grant funds from the Illinois Department of
Public Health. If you have questions regarding prevention of
mosquito-related diseases and would like more information, you
can contact the Logan County Department of Public Health at
[Text received; MARK HILLIARD, LOGAN
COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH]