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First Suburban Human West Nile Virus Case
The Cook County Department of Public Health has announced the first human West Nile virus case to occur in suburban Cook County this year.
Please see the following link for the CCDPH press release.
August 19, 2014
The Illinois Department of Public Health has announced that the first human case of West Nile virus for this year has occurred in the City of Chicago. A female resident was diagnosed with the virus in July.
Please see the following link for the IDPH press release: http://www.idph.state.il.us/public/press14/8.18.14_First_Human_WNV_Positive_2014.htm
West Nile virus positive mosquitoes have been found in every community that we serve. Click here for current test results.
We recommend that residents take personal protection measures to minimize mosquito bites including: the use of insect repellent on exposed skin, wearing light colored, loose fitting clothing and avoiding peak mosquito feeding times during the hours around dawn and dusk. Residents are urged to examine their property and eliminate any items that can hold water, particularly smaller items that may be easily overlooked. Remember, if it can hold water, it can breed mosquitoes.
Did You Know?
We don’t just spray to reduce the number of adult mosquitoes. 90% of our abatement program is focused on larval control, including the use of mosquito fish that love to eat larvae. Learn more about our larval control methods>>
West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in New York in 1999. Learn more about West Nile virus>>