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Posted on: September 20, 2023

[ARCHIVED] Two West Nile Virus Deaths Confirmed In DuPage

Westmont, Illinois - Date Issued: Sept. 20, 2023

EIC - West Nile Update - Graphic - 2023-09-20

The DuPage County Health Department (DCHD) has recently confirmed the first two human deaths due to West Nile virus (WNV) in 2023. There have been 6 human cases reported in DuPage County this past year. WNV is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. 

Approximately one in five people who are infected with WNV will develop symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea, or rash. Less than one percent will develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain or surrounding tissues). People over the age of 60, and those with certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease, and organ transplants are at greater risk for serious illness. Anyone who experiences symptoms that cause concern should contact their healthcare provider.

FOLLOW THE 4 D’S

The best way to prevent WNV is to avoid mosquito bites and follow the four D’s of mosquito defense.

  • DRAIN - Drain those items that collect standing water around your home, yard, or business. Scrub and refill pet water dishes and bird baths regularly.
  • DEFEND - Use an insect repellant containing DEET when outdoors and reapply according to directions.
  • DRESS - Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toe shoes when outside to cover the skin.
  • DUSK-TO-DAWN - Wear repellant outdoors during these prime times for mosquito activity.

WNV activity generally decreases in the fall when cooler temperatures arrive and especially after the first frost of the season. For more information, visit the CDC website and their Westmont Nile Virus information page.


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