First confirmed case of WNV in 2017

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An Oneida County resident - with a history of travel outside of the county - has recently tested positive for West Nile Virus, the Oneida County Health Department has announced.

The first confirmed human case in IL in 2017 was a man in his 60s from southwest suburban Will County, diagnosed in late June.

For information about West Nile virus, visit the CDC website here.

"West Nile is a serious illness spread by mosquitoes in Los Angeles County", said Dr. Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, the county's interim health officer, in a statement Thursday.

During 2016, 51 mosquito samples and one horse were reported with West Nile Virus in Grant County.

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The disease is fatal to horses in about one-third of the cases in which clinical signs appeal. In hoses that do get sick, symptoms include loss of coordination, loss of appetite, fever, stiffness and muscle weakness.

According to yesterday's advisory, batches of mosquitoes are testing positive for the virus in the county, and DuPage isn't the only county experiencing an uptick in infections.

Personal protection measures are the best way to prevent West Nile Virus, Ellis said.

IDPH says, however, that human cases are often under-reporterd.

The virus is carried by Culex mosquitoes, which lay their eggs in ditches with water that has been stagnant for more than a week, according tot he release. Horse owners are urged to vaccinate their horses and keep those vaccinations up to date. They can also consider equine-approved mosquito repellent, place fans inside barns to maintain air movement and avoid leaving incandescent bulbs on at night, as they attract mosquitoes.

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