Published: Sun, September 02, 2018
Medicine | By Tracy Klein

First human West Nile death reported in LaSalle County

First human West Nile death reported in LaSalle County

The Kent County Health Department (KCHD) has learned that a Kent County resident who was hospitalized with West Nile Virus has died due to complications of the illness.

"This is the most active year for West Nile virus in at least a decade", Health Director Dr.

While most people infected with the virus show no symptoms, others can develop fever, headache, body aches and stiffness.

So far this year, 61 pools or batches of mosquitoes and two birds have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the health department.

With 80 mosquito samples and 33 dead birds testing positive for West Nile virus, the Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito & Vector Control District is warning people to protect themselves from mosquitoes over the Labor Day weekend.

Residents are also advised to take measures to reduce the number of mosquitos in their yard by dumping all standing water weekly to prevent them from breeding, as well as treating larger pools of water with larvicide. In some people, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. MA residents are also being asked to treat large pools of water on their property with larvicide and to dump any standing water to prevent mosquitoes from breeding. Residents should also ensure that all doors and windows are tight fitting and screens are in place and intact. Mosquitoes can be nearly anywhere, but they're typically around wooded areas and areas that have stagnant bodies of water. This brings the statewide total to 30 cases. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

Apply an insect repellant with DEET, IR3535, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus to exposed skin and clothing.

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