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County confirms first West Nile activity in 2016

Posted by wlpo on August 11, 2016

The LaSalle County Health Department confirms West Nile virus is in LaSalle County.  Jenny Barrie is with the County Health Department. She said Thursday a crow collected in Peru August 11 tested positive for the virus. It is the first documented West Nile virus activity in LaSalle County.  The culex mosquito – the common house mosquito is the carrier.

Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.  Symptoms may last from a few days to a few weeks. Four out of five infected people will not show any  symptoms.  The virus, in rare instances, can result in meningitis, encephalitis or possibly death. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile Virus.

Barrie added the Zika virus is transmitted by a different mosquito and it is rarely found in Illinois.

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