West Nile Virus activity
detected in Logan County
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[August 17, 2016]
- The Logan County Department of Public Health (LCDPH) collected a
mosquito batch in Lincoln on August 11, 2016 which tested positive for
West Nile Virus (WNV). In addition, the department collected a dead bird
in Lincoln on July 26th which also tested positive. This is an indicator
that the area is experiencing significant WNV activity.
To date in Illinois for 2016, there have been 4 human cases of
WNV reported and Logan County is 1 of 33 counties which has
documented WNV activity. As summer progresses, these numbers will
likely increase as mosquitoes remain active throughout summer in to
The Logan County Department of Public Health would like to remind
everyone 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 would like to urge you to
practice the three “R’s” – reduce, repel and report.
Do reduce your exposure by avoid 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 is
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 is dead
less than 24 hours and has appeared to die of natural causes, it may
be eligible for testing. Bird specimens will be accepted for testing
until October 15th. 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 mosquitoes.
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West Nile encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by the WNV which is
transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. 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 headache, you should see your doctor.
Remember to play it safe and to continue to take preventative measures until
mosquito activity fully ceases. If you have questions regarding WNV, you can
contact the Logan County Department of Public Health at 217-735-2317 or visit
their website at WWW.LCDPH.ORG.
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP, Public Health
Administrator, Logan County Department of Public Health]