Persons older than 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease, the release stated.
The Culex mosquito carries West Nile virus. Many mosquito-borne illnesses cause only mild symptoms in most people but can cause severe illness in rare cases.
The first case of West Nile in Denton was reported in 2002.
Once a week, eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding around your home, including water in bird baths, abandoned swimming pools, wading pools, old tires and any other object holding water.
There were 33 human cases reported during 2017 in Riverside County.
In our area, we could see encephalitis and also the West Nile Virus.
As far as spraying or putting bug nets out, the park districts in the area aren't required to do so, but the Kankakee County Health Department will be going out all summer and into the fall, to trap pools of mosquitoes to test them for West Nile virus.
Monitoring for West Nile virus in IL includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, robins and other perching birds, as well as testing sick horses and humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.
Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live, work, or play. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you.
The Bell County Public Health District added that mosquitos are most active around dawn and dusk. Some mosquitoes can even breed in the amount of water that fits in a bottle cap.
The mosquitoes have been known to carry several viruses including Zika. They include using insect repellent that contains DEET, limiting time outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active, eliminating standing water and wearing long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when possible.
When outdoors, wear protective clothing and apply an EPA-approved insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- covering rain barrels and empty weekly.
Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens and fix or replace screens that have holes or tears.
Stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae such as gambusia, goldfish or others.
West Nile virus by phone: (800) 232-4636.