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La Salle County man tested positive for West Nile Virus

Posted by wlpo on September 5, 2014

Spray on some insect repellant if you plan on being outside this weekend. At least one person in La Salle County caught West Nile Virus this summer.

A 61-year-old man became sick in August according to the La Salle County Health Department. Mosquitoes collected in La Salle also tested positive for West Nile virus last month. The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes.

Symptoms to watch for include fever, headache and muscle aches though many people will not show any symptoms. In rare but serious cases, it can lead to West Nile encephalitis and meningitis.

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West Nile Virus found in La Salle

Posted by wlpo on August 22, 2014

You probably don’t want to wear pants and long sleeves this weekend though they would help protect you from West Nile Virus.  The virus that is spread by infected mosquitoes was detected in a mosquito this week in La Salle. Ted Pumo, Director of Environmental Health says this is the time of year for increased West Nile virus activity.

He says it’s important to protect yourself especially when you’re out at night. He suggests you wear insect repellent and get rid of any stagnant water in your yard.

Fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches are common signs of West Nile, though you may not experience any symptoms. West Nile can also lead to meningitis or encephalitis. You’re more at risk for illness if you’re 50 or older.

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