MACON COUNTY, Ill. (WAND) – The Macon County Department of Health said Friday it has discovered the first confirmed West Nile mosquito virus case in the county so far this year.
Sam Fors, director of the Macon Mosquito Reduction Area, said his agency was installing 19 mosquito traps a week, and earlier this week one of his traps caught a batch of mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus. He said it was not known how many of the insects had the disease, so it could be from one to about 50 that are in the lot.
"You don't know how much of this batch has a virus," he said. "You assume they all have a virus. "
Fortunately, no one in Macon County tested positive for WNV in 201
"A large percentage of people who would have the virus have no symptoms. Some will have flu-like symptoms, and if it becomes neurological, neuro-invasive, then it can cause paralysis and can even cause death. "
Force said one cannot understand by looking at a mosquito if there is a WNV, but there are steps they can take to avoid mosquitoes altogether.
" Wear repellent, "he said." a product that contains at least 30 percent DEET. For younger children, you would want a smaller percentage than DEET. "
Power also said get rid of any stagnant water in the property as these areas attract mosquito breeding.
" Look at your property and if you have standing water, drain it, "he said.
The Macon Mosquito Area says that if you know of an area that has standing water for 3 days or more, you can contact them at (217) 875 -2722 to process it.