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22 June 2018, 07:14 | Rodolfo Wallace

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Early human West Nile infection

The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Chicago woman in her 60s had the virus after becoming sick in the middle of May.

The West Nile Fever virus might be brought to the country by migratory birds from Sub-Saharan Africa, and the birds spread the virus to mosquitoes.

Do not forget to protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has agreed to investigate a confirmed case of West Nile virus in IL.

Plano's Environmental Health department started trapping mosquitoes about three weeks ago.

The report of a first West Nile human case previous year happened on July 20, 2017.

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If you have any symptoms of West Nile virus, the district encourages you to contact your health care provider. The press release also 11 of the 102 counties in IL have reported positive samples in mosquitoes or birds. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, four out of five people infected with West Nile virus will not show any symptoms.

And despite the heat, long-sleeve shirts help protect residents from mosquito bites, especially when they tend to bite at dusk and dawn. About 1 in 5 people infected will have mild symptoms such as fever, headache and body aches.

Remove or empty water in old tires, tin cans, buckets, drums, bottles or other places with standing water.

Be sure door and window screens are tight fitting and in good fix. Consult with a pediatrician or family physician if you have questions about the use of repellent on children, as repellent is not recommended for children under the age of two months.

Change the water in birdbaths and plant pots or drip trays at least once a week. The risk of disease due to WNV usually increases at this time of year and is highest throughout the summer and early fall.

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