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DCHD reports death due to West Nile virus

Tue October 7, 2014

The DuPage County Health Department announces today (Oct. 7) the first DuPage County death due to West Nile virus (WNV) for 2014. The individual is a female Hanover Park resident in her 40s with underlying conditions.  
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports two previous deaths in Illinois due to WNV for 2014.
The Health Department reminds residents that despite the cool weather they should continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites and prevent contracting WNV.
Check the Personal Protection Index (PPI) widget on the Health Department's website at www.dupagehealth.org/PPI to get the most up-to-date information on WNV activity. WNV is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.  The best way to prevent WNV is to avoid mosquito bites:
·        Use insect repellent when you go outdoors. 

·        Avoid the outdoors from dusk to dawn, when the mosquitoes that transmit WNV are most active.

·        If outdoors, wear long sleeves and pants from dusk to dawn.

·        Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.
Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash.  Less than 1 percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). 

WNV activity generally decreases in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive and especially after the first frost of the season. 

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