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First Human Case of West Nile in LaSalle County since 2014 Diagnosed

Posted by wlpo on August 31, 2016

It turns out that, in LaSalle County, West Nile virus is no longer just for the birds.

The LaSalle County Health Department confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in the county since 2014. In a statement released Thursday, the department said someone in their 70’s tested positive for the virus earlier in August. It’s just the 6th case detected in the county in the past 10 years.

Chris Pozzi is the Director of Environmental Health and he says this reinforces the need to protect yourself against mosquito and other bites. The disease is often transmitted by the so-called house mosquito biting a person after biting an infected bird.

Pozzi says the best way to protect against the illness is to wear insect repellent. He says you can also reduce the number of mosquitoes around your house by getting rid of stagnant water.

In most cases, a person infected with the virus won’t show any symptoms, or will have mild symptoms like fever, nausea, headaches and muscle aches. People over 50 and those with weak immune systems can catch it easier.

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