Continuing to Rise

The number of human cases of West Nile Virus has risen yet again.
As of September 7th, there have now been 12 reported cases of humans infected with the virus in DuPage County.

The Centers for Disease Control says the U.S. had the highest number of West Nile cases through the end of August since it was first discovered in our country in 1999.

In the beginning of August, 71% of mosquito pools in DuPage County tested positive for the virus, that number has since gone down to 30%.

And while the changing of seasons should reduce the count even further, officials say the risk is not totally gone.

Most people experience no symptoms from the virus. The best way to prevent it is to wear bug repellent and remove standing water, which serves as a breeding ground for the Culex Mosquito, which carries the virus.

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