Glenview is the latest north Chicago suburb to confirm a human case of West Nile Virus, Village officials confirmed today.
According to a press release, a 74-year-old Glenview man showed the onset of symptoms beginning July 31.
When Patch spoke with the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District last week, spokesperson Dave Zazra confirmed the case but did not provide additioal details.
There have been 11 total cases reported in Illinois this year.
Adult mosquito control operations have been scheduled around the Village depending on the positive pools of mosquitoes found.
The Village of Glenview urges residents to protect themselves and their families by taking the following precautions:
- Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active. If outside, wear long sleeves and long pants at those times.
- Eliminate standing water by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets or anything that can hold water. Since mosquitoes breed in standing water, dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle.
- Apply mosquito repellent to exposed skin. The most effective repellents contain 35 percent DEET; follow application instructions.
- Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes.
- Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines. Drain water from pool covers. Report abandoned outdoor pools to your mosquito control district.
- Keep grass and shrubbery cut short. Adult mosquitoes accumulate in shady, cool areas.
- Keep gutters clean and free-flowing. Eliminate dips and low areas that collect water.
Symptoms of West Nile Virus may begin between three and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Most infected people have mild symptoms, such as a fever, headache and rash that last a few days.
In rare cases, West Nile Virus can cause severe disease with symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma. Older people and people with compromised immune systems are at increased risk of complications from the virus.
There is no specific treatment for West Nile Virus other than to treat symptoms. If you think you have the infection, contact your health care provider.
Mosquito abatement districts will continue surveillance and control efforts through the end of the mosquito season. Most of Glenview east of Pfingsten Road is included in the North Shore Mosquito Abatement District (847-446-9434). The area south of Central Road and west of Washington Road is included in the Northwest Mosquito Abatement District (847- 537-2306). The area west of Pfingsten Road between Central Road and Willow Road is covered by the Cook County Department of Public Health (708-633-4000).
For more information, contact the Cook County Department of Public Health.