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…
Tuesday, September 18, 2012
Will County now has three confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus this summer, including from Bolingbrook, Crest Hill and Romeoville.
A Bolingbrook woman in her mid-50s has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, according to the Will County Health Department. She was hospitalized Sept. 1, two days after reporting fever, headaches, vomiting, and visual complaint. She was discharged from hospital September 6, and her illness has been classified as West Nile Virus fever. Two human cases -- one in Bolingbrook and one in Crest Hill -- were reported Tuesday. That brings Will County's West Nile Virus count to three. A Romeoville woman was diagnosed with West Nile Virus last month. She is in her early 40s and 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. …
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 …
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The DuPage County Health Department is now reporting seven human cases of West Nile virus and the first human case in Naperville.
The number of human cases of West Nile virus has risen from five last week to seven Monday and now includes a Naperville resident, according to the DuPage County Health Department. Individual cases have been confirmed in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Lombard, Lisle, Villa Park and Naperville, the health department announced Monday. The ages of those affected range from 40s to 70s. One of those seven cases resulted in a fatality when Lombard Village President Bill Mueller, 76, became the first West Nile fatality in DuPage County Saturday, Aug. 18. He had been battling cancer since 2008, and had been hospitalized since Aug. 5. The number of cases is expected to increase, since additional reports have been received and confirmation is …
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The CDC announced that this is the worst year for West Nile Virus since it started tracking in 1999. Check out how your area is faring in our interactive map of diagnosed cases in humans and mosquitoes.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that reported cases of West Nile Virus are at an all time high. “The 1,118 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999,” the CDC reported. While Illinois does not rank among the top five states in terms of cases, there have been 21 reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois as of Aug. 21. Those cases have been clustered in the Chicago area, with 13 human cases in Cook County and one in Lake County. In the map above, Patch charted both cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in both humans and mosquitoes, …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
DuPage County reported the state's first West Nile-related death on Aug. 18; Will County health officials urge residents to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control are reporting the largest outbreak of West Nile virus since the disease appeared in this country in 1999 — but that doesn’t mean Will County residents should panic, according to local health officials. To date, there have been no human cases of West Nile in Will County this year, said Vic Reato, spokesman for the Will County Health Department. Last year, there were 34 cases of the illness statewide. “We’ve had lots of birds and mosquitoes,” Reato said, noting that the number of WNV-positive mosquitoes found in Will County has doubled compared to last year. “I think at some point it would not be unreasonable to assume that we could have some human cases.” With five human cases so far this summer, DuPage …
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
The DuPage County Health Department reports the woman is in her 50s. People older than 50 are at greater risk to contract the virus.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
A woman from Downers Grove is the first reported human case of West Nile Virus to be diagnosed in DuPage County this year, the DuPage County Health Department reported Tuesday. The health department has recently warned residents of the high risk for infection from the virus after the warm, dry temperatures created a perfect breeding environment for the Culex mosquito, the main transmitter of the virus to humans. The woman diagnosed with the virus is in her 50s, according to the health department. People older than 50 and those with medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants, have a greater risk for serious illness from the virus. About one in five people who are infected with West Nile…
Friday, August 10, 2012
Although conditions that the foster the illness-bearing insect are better, the Will County Health Department's still finding infected mosquitoes in Joliet, Bolingbrook and elsewhere.
The Will County Health Department issued this press release Friday morning: Temperatures have moderated and some rain has fallen, but mosquito-borne West Nile Virus (WNV) is still prevalent across Illinois. Will County Environmental Health mosquito monitoring sites reported nine virus-positive samples Thursday, including two from gravid traps in Bolingbrook and Lockport. The two Bolingbrook monitoring sites operated by Will County have now produced nine virus-positive mosquito batches and the site in Lockport has accounted for four positives to date. Sites from Joliet, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox and Shorewood also tested virus-positive mosquitoes Thursday. The two health department sites in Joliet have totaled seven positives so far. …