22 July, 2017
Statewide, the state health department has reported two human cases of the West Nile virus so far this year; Hamilton and Lake counties each had one case.
West Nile virus is a disease that is spread from infected corvid birds (crows, ravens, magpies, and jays) to humans through mosquito bites. Officials add that last year's first human case was also reported in June, and that 155 human cases were reported throughout the year, including six deaths.
Appleton Health Officer Kurt Eggebrecht says it is not unusual to find a bird infected with the virus around this time of year. Usual symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.
Kathy Lucas with the office of City Manager Massoud Ebrahim said as of Thursday there had not been any samples turned in which show West Nile Virus or other diseases are in effect locally.
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"Symptoms they're typically going to be mild", Department Spokesperson Melaney Arnold said.
IDPH is monitoring for Zika virus but the main type of mosquito that carries the virus, the yellow fever mosquito, is rarely found in IL.
The department said a middle-aged Ida County man tested positive for the virus, but was not hospitalized and is recovering.
Residents are being encouraged to wear insect repellant, to drain bird baths and buckets that could hold standing water, and to dress with long sleeves and trousers during peak mosquito hours, which occur around dawn and around dusk.
Avoid spending time outdoors from evening until early morning, when mosquitoes are most active. Wear longer sleeves and trousers if outside. "That's where mosquitoes like to breed".