West nile virus

The Cook County Department of Public Health says a man in his early 90s from the south Chicago suburbs has died after contracting West Nile virus.

West Nile Virus identified in Peoria County

Aug 21, 2015

The Peoria City/County Health Department reports that this summer has been active for West Nile Virus.  

Health officials confirm this year's first human case of West Nile virus in Illinois.  The Illinois Department of Public Health report that an adolescent girl got sick from the virus in St. Clair County. 

West Nile Virus infected bird appears in Peoria

Jul 29, 2015

 Peoria County is reporting it’s first evidence of West Nile Virus for the year with a dead bird testing positive for the disease. Wil Hayes is the Director of Environmental Health for the Peoria City/County Health Department. He says four out of five people with West Nile will not show symptoms.  But he says in rare cases, severe illness or even death can occur. Some precautions against West Nile Virus include reducing standing water where mosquitoes breed, making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens, and using a bug repellent with DEET, lemon eucalyptus oil or IR 3535.  

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The Tazewell County Health Department has confirmed its first batch of mosquitoes carrying the potentially deadly West Nile Virus.

Environmental Health Supervisor Melissa Goetze says residents can protect themselves by wearing insect repellent with DEET during peak mosquito hours of dusk to dawn.

Department employees collected the positive batch this week in Mackinaw.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports the first positive test for West Nile virus this year was found in mosquitoes collected in southern Illinois.

WNV-infected bird found in Peoria County

Jul 18, 2014

Peoria County reported finding its first West Nile Virus positive bird of 2014.  

Bird collected in Morton tests postive for West Nile

Oct 3, 2013

More birds with West Nile Virus are popping up in Tazewell County. The county’s Health Department previously reported disease-positive birds in Delevan, Pekin, and Washington. It most recently collected a blue jay with the virus in Morton. The disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has fed on an infected bird.

A human West Nile Virus case in Peoria

Oct 1, 2013

  The Peoria City/County Health Department reports its first human case of West Nile Virus this year. Health Department Administrator Greg Chance says people need to take precautions against mosquito bites until the first hard frost. Mosquitos can pick up West Nile Virus from infected birds.Symptoms include fever, nausea, muscle and headaches. But some people don’t get any symptoms and in rare cases a severe illness can result from West Nile Virus.