Another West Nile case reported in DuPage County
Dr. Hans Diehl
Updated: September 24, 2012 6:12AM
A second DuPage County resident has the West Nile virus.
The DuPage County Health Department Aug. 16 reported that a Villa Park man in his 50s is the second human case of West Nile virus in the county this year. There have been 12 cases reported overall in the Chicago area.
Health Department officials said that the presence of West Nile virus is widespread in DuPage County, so the risk of getting the virus is elevated and may remain so until the arrival of cooler temperatures. The department is warning residents to concentrate on personal protection and urged them to be cautious, but not curtail outdoor activities.
The number of human cases is expected to increase, since the Health Department said additional reports have been received and confirmation is anticipated in the coming days.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites, Health Department officials said.
There are no medications to treat, or vaccines to prevent, West Nile virus infection. People with milder illnesses typically recover on their own, although symptoms may last for several weeks.
In more severe cases, patients often need to be hospitalized to receive supportive treatment, such as intravenous fluids, pain medication, and nursing care.
Anyone who has symptoms that cause concern should
contact a health care provider.