COAL CITY – The Grundy County Health Department recently has collected mosquitoes in the village of Coal City that have tested positive for West Nile virus. Mosquitoes collected early this year have tested positive in the village of Minooka, the village of Braceville, the city of Morris and in Aux Sable Township in unincorporated Grundy County. This is the first batch to test positive in Coal City. The mosquitoes were collected during the first week of September.
Although summer is wrapping up, the Grundy County Health Department wants to encourage everyone to continue to take steps to avoid becoming a victim of West Nile virus or other mosquito-borne viruses. To minimize your risks, follow the Illinois Department of Public Health’s recommended practices of 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.”
These symptoms typically appear between and three to 14 days after a bite from an infected mosquito.
“Persons at the highest risk for serious illness are those 50 years of age or older,” according to the IDPH’s website.
For information about West Nile virus, call the Grundy County Health Department at 815-941-3115 or visit www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm.