The first human case of West Nile Virus is being confirmed in IL.
There were 13 cases of West Nile reported in Utah past year, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, with one case resulting in death.
It said the infected mosquitoes were found several weeks earlier than the 2016 season, which may lead to an increase in infection rates in humans. The man in his 20s became ill on July 8 with a headache, body ache, and a stiff neck-symptoms consistent with the virus.
Officials at the St. Tammany Parish Mosquito Abatement District confirmed that 14 tests of mosquito pools in the parish were positive for West Nile before Friday.
Hot and dry conditions create ideal breeding sites for the type of mosquito that often carries West Nile.
Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.
At least once a week, eliminate the sources of standing water around a home by draining garbage cans, buckets, toys, flowerpots, wading pools, pet dishes, and other objects. Those people may have immunity if bitten by an infected mosquito in the future. For the 2016 season, IL reported 155 human cases, including six deaths.
At least two blood donors in Minnesota have tested positive for West Nile virus, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
For more information on West Nile Virus, visit the IDPH website.
Rodriguez said the best way to do that is to drain standing water near your home and use EPA approved insect repellent outdoors. DEET-free products (such as those containing icardin, p-menthane-3, 8-diol /lemon-eucalyptus oil, or soybean oil) are also available, but may not provide as long-lasting protection.