Second West Nile case confirmed in McLean County

By WEEK Producer

October 18, 2013 Updated Oct 18, 2013 at 7:33 PM CDT

MCLEAN COUNTY, Ill. – The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the second case of West Nile Virus in McLean County.

A McLean County man in his 40s tested positive with West Nile Virus after being hospitalized in early October. The IDPH lab confirmed the West Nile case on Wednesday.

McLean County’s West Nile surveillance ended October 15, meaning the county health department is no longer accepting dead birds or collection mosquito traps.

However, the risk of West Nile virus is not over until the temperature is consistently below 55 degrees.

Residents are advised to take the following precautions to reduce their risk of mosquito bites:

• REDUCE exposure—wear protective clothing at dawn and dusk (the time when the type of mosquito that carries WNV is most active), repair and replace worn screens on doors and windows, and eliminate stagnant, shallow water where mosquitoes breed (including bird baths, flower pots, wading pools, old tires and other receptacles).

• REPEL mosquitoes—apply insect repellent that contains DEET, picardin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

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