DeKALB – Mosquitoes collected in DeKalb, Sycamore and Sandwich tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the DeKalb County Health Department.
Several Illinois counties have reported mosquito samples testing positive for the virus this year, which could pose a risk of the virus in people, according to a news release. County health officials said in the release that there have been no human cases in DeKalb County this year.
West Nile virus is transmitted through bites from mosquitoes that pick up the virus after feeding on an infected bird, but most mosquitoes and birds do not carry the virus. Most affected people will not show any symptoms of the illness, but two out of 10 people bitten might become sick three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
People mildly affected by West Nile might have a fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible, the release said. People older than 50 have the highest risk of severe symptoms.
County officials said the best way to prevent West Nile or any mosquito-borne illness is to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites. This includes using bug spray, making sure door and window screens are tight-fitting and limiting the amount of standing water near your home, the release said.
For information, visit the DeKalb County Health Department’s website at dekalbcounty.org.