What is West Nile virus? Virus-positive mosquitoes found in North Shore communities

What is West Nile virus? Virus-positive mosquitoes found in North Shore communities

EVANSTON, Ailing. (TOC) — There are confirmed circumstances of the West Nile virus in mosquitoes in some North Shore communities.

The primary virus-positive mosquitoes of the yr had been present in traps in Evanston, Kenilworth and Northfield.

They had been collected final week, and confirmed optimistic Tuesday.

Virus-positive mosquitoes have additionally been present in Skokie.

RELATED: West Nile virus 2021: Cook dinner County man 1st human case of mosquito-borne illness in IL this yr

To guard your self, use insect repellent, put on loose-fitting garments and keep away from peak mosquito feeding instances — daybreak and nightfall.

Additionally do away with objects round your property that may maintain water the place mosquitoes breed.

Frequent signs of West Nile virus embody fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Signs could final from a couple of days to a couple weeks. Nevertheless, 4 out of 5 individuals contaminated with West Nile virus is not going to present any signs, the Illinois Division of Well being has mentioned.

In uncommon circumstances, extreme sickness together with meningitis, and even loss of life, can happen. Folks older than 60 and people with weakened immune methods are at increased danger for extreme sickness from West Nile virus.

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