Jackson County man is state's second West
Nile human case
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A 39-year-old Jackson County
man has been identified as the state's second human case of West
Nile disease this year. Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health
director, made the announcement Monday.
The man, who became ill on June
11 with what has now been diagnosed as West Nile fever, did not
require hospital treatment and has since recovered. A blood sample
taken July 12 was tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease by
the Chicago laboratory of the Illinois Department of Public Health.
Illinois' first case this year
-- announced Thursday -- was a 67-year-old man from Jo Daviess
County. He was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis and is now
recovering at home.
In 2003, Illinois recorded 54
West Nile human cases, including one death, and in 2002, the state
led the nation with 884 human cases and 66 deaths.
Besides reporting the second
human case, Dr. Whitaker also announced that mosquitoes collected
July 21 in Centralia in Marion County have tested positive for West
Nile virus, marking the 36th county this year with a confirmed
positive since state and local health departments began surveillance
on May 1. A total of 95 birds and 140 mosquito pools have now tested
positive for West Nile virus.
Dr. Whitaker said individuals
can reduce their risk of West Nile illness and other mosquito-borne
diseases by taking these precautions:
- Avoid being outdoors when
mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
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- When outdoors, wear shoes
and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, and apply insect
repellent with DEET according to label instructions. Consult a
physician before using repellents on young children.
- Make sure doors and
windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that
have tears or other openings.
Eliminate all sources of
standing water that can support mosquito breeding, including water
in birdbaths, ponds, flowerpots, wading pools, old tires and any
West Nile virus is transmitted
through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by
feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no
clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14
days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
Only about two out of 10 people
who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness.
Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache
and body aches; however, serious illness and death are possible,
particularly for people over age 50 or people whose immune system is
additional information about West Nile virus, call (866) 369-9710
between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or refer to
Department of Public Health