Thursday, May 16, 2013
Last year, there were eight cases of the mosquito-borne disease in Will County. The CDC said 2012 brought the "largest outbreak ever" of WNV.
The Will County Health Department is asking residents to help minimize the public's risk of West Nile Virus (WNV) by reporting dead bird sightings. Reported sightings can help health officials identify the potential for human infections. Residents can call the county's WNV information line 24/7 to report sightings at 815-740-7631. WNV is a mosquito-borne disease capable of producing encephalitis and meningitis, potentially fatal inflammations of the brain and spinal chord. "WNV poses potential health risks for everyone," said Will County Environmental Health Director Elizabeth Bilotta. "We are interested in the location of dead birds because that information is one way we are able to assess the potential for local virus activity. Dead …
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The latest victims live in Crest Hill and Crete, according to the Will County Health Department.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
The Will County Health Deparment issued this release on the most recent West Nile Virus cases: A Crest Hill man in his early 70s and a Crete woman in her early 40s were added to Will County's West Nile Virus (WNV) case count early Wednesday. The Illinois Department of Public Health currently lists seven confirmed WNV human cases from Will County, including two from Crest Hill. Other infections have been confirmed from Plainfield, Joliet, Homer Glen, Bolingbrook, and Romeoville. Through noon Wednesday, 138 Illinois residents from 13 counties were listed as laboratory-confirmed WNV cases. There have been five fatalities statewide. The Crest Hill man was hospitalized September 9, after reporting fever and an altered mental state. He was …
Thursday, September 20, 2012
New cases are on the rise nationwide, and more than 20 have been reported since Monday in Illinois.
The number of human cases of West Nile virus in Will County rose to six on Thursday, with confirmed cases reported in Plainfield, Joliet and Homer Glen. The Plainfield patient, a woman in her early 20s, was diagnosed with West Nile virus (WNV) after initially complaining of fatigue, according to a Will County Health Department press release. SIGN UP FOR PLAINFIELD PATCH'S DAILY NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS. While the Plainfield woman was not hospitalized, a Joliet man in his early 50s was hospitalized Aug. 31, a day after reporting fever, headaches, dizziness, depression and an altered mental state. Health officials said his illness was listed as West Nile encephalitis, and he was discharged on Sept. 7. A sixth new case was reported in Homer Glen…
Friday, August 31, 2012
A woman in her 40s was hospitalized Aug. 7 and discharged Aug. 15 after contracting the disease.
A Romeoville woman is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus (WNV) in Will County, according to the Will County Health Department. The woman, who is in her early 40s, reportedly experienced a range of symptoms, including a fever, stiff neck, rash, acute sensitivity to light and confusion. She was hospitalized Aug. 7 and discharged Aug. 15. No other information on the woman's condition was available Friday. As of Friday, the Illinois Department of Public Health had reported 59 human WNV infections and two fatalities in the state this year. Will County is one of seven Illinois jurisdictions reporting human WNV activity so far this year. Since 2005, Will County has totaled 59 human infections and two fatalities. Last week, health …