Human West Nile Virus case reported in Tolono


TOLONO, Ill. (WAND) - A suspected human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in the Village of Tolono.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. They can last from a few days to a few weeks.

Four out of five people infected will not show any symptoms.

Rarely, cases can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, or death.

Those who are older than 60 and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

The Village of Tolono is asking community members to help get rid of mosquito breeding grounds by emptying standing water from flowerpots, gutters, buckets, containers, tires, and more. Swimming pools should be drained or covered.

Use insect repellant if you are going to be outside, and wear long sleeves and long pants when outdoors.

The Village Public Works Department has sprayed for mosquitoes throughout the summer and continue to spray.

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