This is a reminder that WNV is still a concern throughout Logan
County for the remainder of the summer and fall. West Nile
encephalitis is an infection of the brain caused by the WNV which is
transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
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
Do repel 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.
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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.
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. For additional information regarding West
Nile Virus please, visit the health department website at
Information Source: IL Dept. of Public Health
[Don Cavi, MS, LEHP
Public Health Administrator
Logan County Department of Public Health.]