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Second Case of West Nile Confirmed in Skokie

The second case of West Nile Virus was confirmed today by the Village of Skokie. This brings the total number of known cases in Illinois to six this year.

The Village of Skokie confirmed a second case of West Nile Virus today, bringing the number of total known cases in Illinois to six this year.

A spokesperson from the village couldn't be immediately reached for comment. It is unclear how old or how serious the second case of WNV is. 

On June 30, the Village of Skokie  after a mosquito pool tested positive. On Aug. 3, the village stated that a 76-year-old woman  And on Aug. 8, the city of Evanston reported that a 57-year-old individual .

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Experts say that the continued hot summer weather has created an ideal environment for mosquito breeding.

Symptoms of WNV infection may begin between three and 15 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.  Most infected people have mild symptoms, such as a fever, headache and rash that lasts a few days.  

In rare cases, WNV can cause severe disease with symptoms such as muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, paralysis and coma.  Older adults and people with compromised immune systems are at an increased risk of complications from the virus.

The following tips were released by the village via press release earlier today:

  • Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Mosquitoes can breed in standing water.  Eliminate this risk by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets or anything that can hold water.  Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
  • Apply mosquito repellant to exposed skin.  The most effective repellents contain 35% DEET; follow application instructions carefully.
  • Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure your window screens are in good condition.
  • Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers.
  • Keep grass and shrubbery cut short.  Adult mosquitoes accumulate in shady cool areas.
  • Keep gutters clean and free flowing.  Eliminate dips and low areas that collect water.

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