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West Nile virus found in Minooka, Morris, Aux Sable

MORRIS – The Grundy County Health Department has recently collected mosquitoes in the Village of Minooka, the Village of Braceville, the City of Morris and in Aux Sable Township in unincorporated Grundy County that have tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquitoes were collected during the last week of July – and seven batches in the sampled areas tested positive.

The Grundy County Health Department anticipates increased frequency of positive mosquito pools being detected, which raises the risk of disease transmission to the public.

The Grundy County Health Department wants to encourage everyone to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne viruses. To minimize risks, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices: reduce, repel and report.

According to the IDPH’s website, “mild cases of West Nile infections may cause a slight fever or headache. More severe infections are marked by a rapid onset of a high fever with head and body aches, disorientation, tremors, convulsions and, in the most severe cases, paralysis or death.” The symptoms typically appear between and three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. IDPH’s website also states that those at the highest risk for serious illness are at ages 50 or older.

For information about West Nile virus, call the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115 or visit the IDPH website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.

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