West Nile found in Rock Island County

The Denton County Public Health reported its first human case of West Nile Virus of 2017, according to a Thursday news release.

West Nile is most common in central and western Minnesota, according to the CDC, and late summer is when most cases occur.

Mosquitoes in Zion have tested positive for the West Nile virus, the first confirmed indicator that the virus has arrived in Lake County this year, county officials said. "One in five will have symptoms and in many people that's fever, headaches, body aches. However, the hot, dry conditions we've been seeing around the rest of IL, which leave small, stagnant pockets of standing water, create ideal breeding sites for the type of mosquito that does carry West Nile virus".

The department's Juan Rodriguez said they want people to realize that anyone can become infected.

Typically, West Nile Virus is not active in Pierce County. They reminded residents to minimize exposure to mosquitoes and eliminate standing water that allows mosquitoes to breed. No human cases have yet been confirmed in Frisco.

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That prompted the Sun Country Health Region's medical officer to issue a warning to residents in the area to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

An east Pierce County man has recovered after he contracted West Nile Virus during a recent trip to California.

A total of three Frisco mosquito pools have tested positive for the virus. While West Nile can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

Be most careful at dawn and dusk, which are peak mosquito-biting times. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection.


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