West Nile Virus Found in Fox River Grove

From the McHenry County Health Department:

Mosquito Batch Tests Positive for West Nile Virus in McHenry County

WOODSTOCK – The McHenry County Department of Health (MCDH) reports a mosquito batch collected in Fox River Grove on July 13 has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV).

MCDH has tested 260 mosquito batches to date and all other mosquito samples have been negative.

This is the first mosquito batch that has tested positive for West Nile Virus in McHenry County this year but is not unusual during this time and the risk of WNV typically remains until the first hard frost.

According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH), there have been no positive birds, 81 WNV positive mosquito batches, and 0 reported human cases in Illinois.

Infected birds can become carriers of WNV through the bite of an infected mosquito and then pass the virus onto mosquitoes that feed on them.

WNV is transmitted to humans predominantly through the bite of Culex mosquitoes, which is the primary vector for WNV transmission in Illinois.

Illness from WNV is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches but serious illnesses, such as encephalitis, meningitis and death, are possible.

Persons 60 and older have the highest risk of serious illness.

There is no vaccine available for WNV.

The best way to prevent WNV is to reduce the number of mosquito breeding sites around your home and to take personal precautions.

• Empty standing water from containers around the house (tires, neglected swimming pools, bird baths, clogged gutters and buckets); make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

• Limit outdoor activities when Culex mosquitoes are most active (dusk, dawn) and wear
long sleeved shirts and long pants for extra protection.

• Use and apply insect repellents per label directions:
o Insect repellents containing 20% or more DEET (less for children) are effective.
o Insect repellents including oil of lemon eucalyptus or Picaridin may be used as an
alternative to DEET.
o Apply repellents per label directions. Consult with a doctor before using any
repellent on infants.

From May through October, Department of Health staff conducts WNV surveillance throughout the county. Mosquito batch collections and testing are conducted weekly.

In addition, MCDH collects a limited number of dead birds for testing each mosquito season.

Contact the Division of Environmental Health at 815-334-4585 if you find a dead crow, blue jay or other perching birds. Bird specimens must be in good condition in order to be tested (no signs of insects, obvious injury or decay).

Avoid bare-hand contact when handling any dead animal, although there is no evidence WNV infection occurs this way.

For more information on mosquitoes and West Nile Virus, visit the Division of Environmental Health’s website under Nuisance Control at www.mcdh.info or call 815-334-4585.


West Nile Virus Found in Fox River Grove — 24 Comments

  1. Maybe if the Health Department paparazzi would quit ambushing our camera shy mosquitos, they’d leave us alone.

  2. Illinois Emergency Double masking for West Nile Virus executive order just issued

  3. There is STILL no such thing as a virus. They have been “selling” these lies for a very long time. Don’t fall for the lies!

  4. Maybe if they play more ukulele music during the warning label portion of vaccines, than Cindy will get her dose.

  5. Masking of genital areas ordered by McH Health Dept. Not specific for West Nile mosquitoes, but Section 8 assailants.

  6. Cindy, as a medical provider, I might agree with you about the Covid hoax.

    But polio and rabies, among many other viruses, do, in fact, exist.

    50,000 + died of rabies last year.

    I do agree with you that the vaccines for Covid are not to be trusted.

    I refused the unapproved vax, Addis my family.

  7. That’s ok – continue believing it’s a hoax.

    So many of you non believers of covid and vaccines are getting sick and dying that even the Republican leaders are changing their tune and telling everyone to get shots.

    Even Sean Hannity on Fox is saying he believes the science.

    Just thinning of the herd.

    Less people to vote for Republicans.

  8. Ok let me say this again.

    If your looney media wasn’t so fixated on ‘orange man bad’ while trying to juggle the pandemic.

    They may have been able to focus their limited capabilities on the horrendous performance of scientific and health policy institutions.

  9. “Shame on you Cal”

    Warning This Content May Not Be Suitable For Those That Can’t Think

    Blog/Media Covid Nut: ‘Gubmint won’t tell the truth about Covid’

    Censor: Well this person is nuts, kick him/her off that site.

    Blog/Media: Ok, we kicked that Covid Conspiracy kook off here.

    Censor: Gee, where do you suppose all these new conspiracy kooks came from?

  10. Molly? Was trying to figure out your nonsequitur comment. LOL That nitwit Dianne lead you to have to tell her something that everyone else seems to already know. She obviously follows a LOT of liars. The demons and liars are certainly running the narrative in these times. Excellent point. Too bad it will be lost on the minions.

  11. I agree with Cindy.

    Why all the carrots to get people to jab?

    Now they turn to clubs.

    What happened to the proaborts’ cry “My body, my choice.”?

    Did you, Genius Dianne, ever bother to read the Covid consent form?

    Why is Big Pharma immunized from law suits for the dangerous effects of their vaxxes?

    Genius Dianne, answer these questions, if you can.

  12. “Genius Dianne”?

    How about Anti-Genius Dianne!

    Cindy, don’t worry, we’ll still be around in 4 yrs, many stupid sheep jabees won’t be.

  13. No vax for me.

    I do not clamor for nonFDA approved vaccines or medical devices to be injected in my veins.

    I am not a sheep.

    And I, and not some black functionary or minion of Dr. Death Fauci, is ever going to force me to without getting their head blown clean off.

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