Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The number of West Nile virus cases reported nationwide is at the highest level since 2003.
Officials confirmed Monday a third person has died in DuPage County as a result of contracting West Nile virus. The DuPage County Health Department reported 25 people have contracted the virus, with three of those cases resulting in deaths. The confirmed cases of West Nile virus have affected people ranging in age from their 20s to 70s, said David Hass, public information officer for the health department. Those who became ill were located in Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont. As of Sept. 18, there were 94 cases of West Nile virus reported in Illinois, which resulted in three deaths (two in DuPage and one in Kane County), according to the Centers for…
Sunday, September 16, 2012
No need to go overboard—even simple rules keep you well-suited.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Nearly 60 cases have been confirmed by the Cook County Department of Public Health, not including communities with their own public health departments, such as the city of Chicago.
Thursday, September 13, 2012
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CCDPH) confirmed on Wednesday that there has been a fatality due to West Nile disease in suburban Cook County, the first in nearly 60 cases of the disease seen in the communities served by the CCDPH. A CCDPH spokeswoman confirmed that the death occurred in the south region of suburban Cook and that the victim was between 70 and 79 years old. To protect the victim's identity, no further information was released. CCDPH, which serves all of Cook County except the locations with their own public health departments—Chicago, Evanston, Skokie, Oak Park and any of Stickney Township—reports 59 confirmed human cases of West Nile so far, and over 360 disease-positive mosquito pools. Only a very small …
Wednesday, September 5, 2012
The DuPage County Health Department says there have been 12 confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in the county this summer.
Editor's note: The following is a release from the DuPage County Heatlh Department about the 12 confirmed cases of West Nile Virus in DuPage County this summer. Two of the cases, including one in Hinsdale, are new and were not detailed in the department's Aug. 31 release. Hinsdale Village President Tom Cauley addressed mosquito treatment at Tuesday night's Board of Trustees meeting. The DuPage County Health Department announced on Tuesday that there are now 12 human cases of West Nile virus (WNV) in DuPage County. Those affected by WNV are in their 20s to 70s, and are located in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont. One of those 12 cases resulted in a fatality related to WNV…
Monday, August 27, 2012
Patch talked with Paul Green at the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District to get some answers to resident's questions about what exactly is going on when the neighborhood is fogged.
We're all familiar with the alerts for mosquito fogging, but how much do we really know about the process? Patch decided to ask an expert to help us answer some questions from residents about what chemicals are used and how it helps control the mosquito population. We talked with Paul Geery at the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District who has 33 years of experience controlling these pesky bugs to find out. Many of these questions come from residents, but if you've got a follow up question, ask it in comments and we'll see if we can get you the answers you're looking for. Patch: Can you introduce yourself and tell us what the Desplaines Valley Mosquito Abatement District does? Paul Geery: My name is Paul Geery. I’m the Assistant …
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, …
Federal officials announced Wednesday that 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. That number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks.
This summer's outbreak of West Nile virus is on track to be the worst in United States history, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Wednesday. So far this year, 1,118 illnesses and 41 deaths have been reported nationwide. CDC officials said that number is expected to rise dramatically in the coming weeks, since most infections are typically reported in August and September. "We're in the midst of one of the largest West Nile virus outbreaks ever seen in the United States," said Dr. Lyle Petersen, director of the Division of Vector-borne Infectious Diseases at the CDC. In a press conference Wednesday, Petersen said the total is the highest number of West Nile virus cases reported to the CDC through the third week …
Tuesday, August 21, 2012
The DuPage County Health Department is urging residents to take precaution, as the number of cases is expected to increase in the coming days.
The DuPage County Health Department is now reporting a total of five human cases of West Nile virus in the county, and officials say the number is expected to rise in the coming days. Individual cases have been confirmed in Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Lombard and Villa Park, the health department announced Monday. The ages of those affected range from 40s to 70s. On Saturday, Lombard Village President Bill Mueller, 76, became the first West Nile fatality in DuPage County. He had been battling cancer since 2008, and had been hospitalized since Aug. 5. Prior to Monday's announcement, only two other cases had been reported in the county, a Downers Grove woman in her 50s and a Villa Park man, also in his 50s. No other fatalities have been …
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
The summer's extreme heat and dry weather are producing more culex mosquitoes, the primary carriers of the virus.
The DuPage County Health Department is cautioning DuPage County residents that current weather conditions are putting the county at high risk for West Nile virus infections. In May, the first positive tests in DuPage County for West Nile virus (WNV) this year were discovered in mosquito traps in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Lisle and Woodridge. At the time, Burr Ridge officials said on the village website that the occurrence in May was "earlier than anticipated." Patch talked to local infectious disease experts about how someone can know if they have been infected with the West Nile Virus. To read about warning signs and how doctors diagnose a West Nile Virus infection, click here. State public health officials report that the dry …
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The first mosquitoes to test positive for West Nile Virus this year were found in traps located in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Woodridge and Lisle.
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Thursday, May 24, 2012
UPDATED: 8:57 a.m. The DuPage County Health Department has announced that the first positive tests for West Nile virus (WNV) this year have been discovered in mosquito traps in Hinsdale, Clarendon Hills, Westmont, Lisle and Woodridge. These are the first mosquitoes that have tested positive in Illinois this year. According to the Burr Ridge village website, "an occurrence at this point in time is earlier than anticipated." According to Dr. Deepti Chauhan, only 20 to 40 percent of patients come down with symptoms of West Nile virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito, and less than one percent have severe symptoms. Chauhan is an Infectious Disease Specialist with the Loyola University Health System, which has a campus in Burr Ridge…