IL reports first death in 2018 from West Nile virus

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West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird or other animal.

The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a LaSalle County resident has died and is the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2018.

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Health officials remind people to take measures to protect themselves from the mosquito-borne illness by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeve shirts and trousers, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are out.

Avoid going out at dusk or dawn: Mosquitoes carrying West Nile Virus usually bite at dusk and dawn, so avoid or limit outdoor activity at these times.

The State of IL is reporting its first death this season due to an infection of West Nile virus. Most people fully recover, but for some, it can develop into a severe illness that affects the central nervous system.

When you are outdoors, use insect repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient on skin and clothing, including DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR3535.

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Wear long sleeves and trousers. Always follow label directions.

Drain: Empty standing water around your house to prevent mosquitoes breeding.

Use screens on open windows and doors.

In a statement, IDPH Director Nirav Shah M.D., J.D. says that while the end of summer is nearing, "West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost".

Both cases are now pending confirmation testing through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Only about 20 percent of those who get infected with West Nile will notice any symptoms. Two of them, a Suffolk County resident in her 40s and a Worcester County woman in her 70s, were admitted to hospitals.

Non-human cases have been reported in DeKalb, Chatham, Glynn and Lowndes counties.

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