Sunday, 16 December, 2018

County confirms first West Nile death of 2018

Pennsylvania is having its worst outbreak of West Nile virus in 15 years | News Four more areas of Knox County test positive for West Nile virus
Gustavo Carr | 13 October, 2018, 00:51

Village officials are again spraying for mosquitoes and are asking Tolono residents to do their part after one person became ill with West Nile virus. Health officials said people over age 50 and people with chronic medical conditions such as cancer or diabetes have a higher risk of developing severe neuro-invasive disease from a West Nile infection that can lead to brain infections, paralysis or even death. A record 27 deaths were documented among L.A. County's 268 cases a year ago.

"Items that hold water, even as small as a bottle cap, should be cleaned, covered or cleared out to stop mosquito breeding", Davis said.

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Most people think of West Nile as a summer disease, because it is spread by mosquitoes, but until the first hard frost, the disease-carrying insects remain a danger to the public. For many, recovery from their illness can take a year or more with ongoing physical and mental problems. Two other deaths occurred in Placer and Yolo counties. Last year's WNV season was the longest season on record extending until mid-December. Three people in Pennsylvania have died from the virus - one each in Lebanon, Lancaster and Westmoreland counties, according to the state Health Department. Almost half have been in Cook County, but a few other East Central Illinois counties - Coles, Edgar and Ford - have each had one human case this season, too, according to IDPH. Find the repellent that's right for you here. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flowerpots, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.