West Nile has been found in DuPage County after two batches have tested positive for the disease.
Warm temperatures and high humidity make for perfect conditions for mosquitoes to lay their eggs – up to 200 at a time.
To keep yourself safe from not only the bug but the bites that could cause West Nile, doctors recommend a few things:
Avoid the outdoors during dawn and dusk when mosquitos are at large, as well as grassy wooded areas. And if you are outside use a bug spray or long sleeves and pants to protect yourself.
Get rid of all still standing water around your home and use screens to ensure that mosquitos don’t get inside.
And as the Zika virus becomes a growing concern, doctors also want to make sure you know the difference between the two diseases.
“Most people who get West Nile themselves will get a flu like illness most will not succumb to the encephalopathy that comes with it with the altered mental status and subsequent death. Zika itself is a different disease and it affects the unborn fetus and that is more the concern to those who may be pregnant or become pregnant,” said Dr. Daryl Wilson of Edward Hospital.
It’s also worth noting that though there have been 18 cases of Zika in Illinois this year, none of those were transmitted through mosquitos locally – they were all travel-associated cases.
Naperville News 17’s Natalie Vitale reports.
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