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Will County Health Department discovers West Nile Virus in Bolingbrook

Published: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 3:40 p.m. CDT • Updated: Thursday, July 11, 2013 6:10 p.m. CDT

BOLINGBROOK – The West Nile Virus was recently detected in a mosquito sample at a Bolingbrook Will County Health Department site, according to officials.

The first reports of West Nile Virus this year in Bolingbrook, the samples were collected Monday and tested positive Tuesday. Will County is one of at least 18 Illinois counties to report West Nile activity so far this year, according to Will County Health Department Media Services Manager Vic Reato.

The Bolingbrook site is one of 15 mosquito monitoring facilities operated by Will County Environmental Health. Mosquitoes are collected from each site at least twice weekly. Through Tuesday, 128 samples had been tested for the presence of West Nile, Reato said.

Approximately 3 percent of the 3,948 West Nile Virus positive mosquito samples collected in Illinois during 2012 came from monitoring sites in Will County, according the health department.

Although no human West Nile Virus cases have been reported this year, Illinois recorded 290 human cases and 12 fatalities a year ago. There were 11 cases of human infection from Will County, but no fatalities were reported, according to Reato.

West Nile Virus is a potentially serious human infection transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache, and muscle aches, and may last from a few days to several weeks.

For more information about West Nile Virus signs, symptoms and how to eliminate mosquito breeding sites, visit the Illinois Department of Public Health at: www.idph.state.il.us and the Will County Health Department at: www.willcountyhealth.org

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