IDPH reports first confirmed West Nile Virus case of 2018

IDPH reports first confirmed West Nile Virus case of 2018

Sharon Sims launched the nation's first support group for West Nile Virus patients in 2003 one year after MS saw 193 cases of WNV. The department reported hot June temperatures are contributing to increasing numbers of mosquitoes and the increased risk of virus transmission to humans, but so far this season, activity is within expected levels.

In 2017, MS had 63 cases of West Nile.

Even though the virus was found in 47 states and the District of Columbia in 2017, the highest number of cases and deaths were reported in California, Texas and Arizona, according to CDC data.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people when they're bitten by infected Culex, also called house, mosquitoes.

A mosquito pool in Lancaster County tested positive for West Nile virus according to the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services. Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks.


Public health officials advise residents to remember the three "Rs" - reduce, repel and report - to combat the virus. "West Nile virus can cause serious illness in some people so it's important that you take precautions like wearing insect repellent and getting rid of stagnant water around your home". Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes. Try to keep doors and windows shut. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

The first sign of the virus was detected recently in an infected mosquito batch in Champaign, according to Jeff Blackford, coordinator of the Champaign-Urbana Public Health District's mosquito-control program. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

As the summer continues, the chance for West Nile increases.

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