Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile in Lake County
LAKE COUNTY, Ill. — Health officials say West Nile virus has been confirmed in Lake County, Illinois.
The Lake County Health Department said Thursday that a batch of mosquitoes sampled have tested positive for West Nile.
In 2014, two human cases of West Nile were reported in Lake County.
To prevent mosquito bites include, the health department recommends:
- Whenever possible, limit outdoor activity at dusk
- Wear light-colored clothing that minimizes exposed skin and provides some protection from mosquito bites
- Make sure door and window screens fit tightly and that all holes are repaired
- Apply insect repellent that includes DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.
While most people infected with West Nile have no symptoms, some may become ill about 3-15 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. In some individuals, particularly the elderly, the virus can cause muscle weakness, inflammation of the brain (encephalitis), stiff neck, stupor, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis, coma or death.
The Health Department maintains a West Nile virus hotline, the number is: (847) 377-8300