West Nile virus case confirmed in DuPage County
The patient is a woman who is 50 years old. She briefly received hospitalization. She has not recovered from the illness completely.
The department is using this opportunity to encourage local residents to be aware of the threat of West Nile virus and take proactive measures in protecting themselves form the illness. The area currently has weather conditions that are ideal for the breading of mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus, so residents need to be more aware of the potential illness than ever before.
The department has added a link on the homepage as well as recommendations for personal protection habits that will help to prevent the illness from transmitting from mosquitoes to humans. These include dressing with long sleeves and long pants, removing all standing water, using EPA approved insect repellents (like DEET) and avoiding spending time outdoors during dusk or dawn, as those times are the most active feeding times for mosquitoes.
People who are particularly susceptible to the virus include the elderly, infants and people who have compromised immune systems. These individuals to be extra cautious in protecting themselves from mosquitoes.