West Nile Virus in Naperville

A Naperville woman has one of three confirmed cases of West Nile Virus occurring in humans in DuPage County.

The news has prompted the DuPage County Health Department to raise their Personal Protection Index to 3 – indicating a high risk of West Nile activity.

The virus is a yearly concern during summer and early fall as mosquitos swarm in large numbers.

Symptoms of the illness are often flu-like, such as a fever or body aches, but in rare cases – less than one percent – can become more severe, growing into meningitis or encephalitis. But most people infected have no symptoms at all.

“It’s pretty uncommon, actually,” says Dr. Jonathan Pinsky, Medical Director of Infection Control at Edward Hospital. “We know from serological data, blood test data, a lot of people have West Nile but the amount of people who have symptoms is very rare.”

It’s still smart to take some common sense precautions. Drain standing water on your property, use insect repellant, and dress in long sleeves and pants to limit exposure to mosquitos.

The threat of West Nile Virus will fade as temperatures begin to drop this fall.

Naperville News 17’s Blane Erwin reports.

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