Friday, September 7, 2012
Four cases have been reported in Lake County this year, including in Libertyville, Buffalo Grove, Lake Zurich and Grayslake.
Update 1:27 p.m. One more Lake County resident has contracted West Nile Virus, for a total of 5 cases, according to Leslie Piotrowski, communications manager for the Lake County Health Department. A 60-year-old Mundelein man was diagnosed today. Piotrowski said of the total five cases of West Nile Virus in Lake County, all victims are recovering. She said some were hospitalized and others not. Piotrowski said four of the cases occured in August with the fifth in September. The cases have been concentrated in south Lake County. Four of the five cases were age 60 or more. "People over the age of 50 more likely to develop serious illness from West Nile Virus," Piotrowski said. According to the Centers for Disease Control, approximately 80 …
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The CDC announced that this is the worst year for West Nile Virus since it started tracking in 1999. Check out how your area is faring in our interactive map of diagnosed cases in humans and mosquitoes.
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Wednesday, August 22, 2012
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced this week that reported cases of West Nile Virus are at an all time high. “The 1118 cases reported thus far in 2012 is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases reported to CDC through the third week in August since West Nile virus was first detected in the United States in 1999,” the CDC reported. While Illinois does not rank among the top five states in terms of cases, there have been 21 reported human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois as of Aug. 21. Those cases have been clustered in the Chicago area, with 13 human cases in Cook County and one in Lake County. In the map above, Patch charted both cases of West Nile Virus confirmed in both humans and mosquitoes, …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
This is the first human case in Lake County since 2010.
The Lake County Health Department/Community Health Center reports that a 68-year-old male resident of Buffalo Grove (the Lake County side) tested positive for West Nile encephalitis. He was hospitalized and discharged. This is the county's first human West Nile virus case since 2010. In addition to the human case, 52 pools (batches) of mosquitoes and three birds have tested positive for West Nile virus in Lake County this year. Lake County is currently tracking ahead of its count for the year 2005, which had the highest number of positive mosquito pools and birds. That year, 167 mosquito pools, 12 birds, and 11 people tested positive for the illness and one death occurred. The Health Department is continuing to urge people to take …
Thursday, August 9, 2012
Two birds — in Round Lake and Long Grove — also tested positive for West Nile, according to the Lake County Health Department.
Thirty-two mosquito pools (or batches of mosquitoes), sampled throughout Lake County, have tested positive for West Nile virus, Lake County Health Department officials said. The positive batches were primarily concentrated in southern Lake County. Additionally, two birds collected in Round Lake and Long Grove tested positive for the virus. Although no human cases have been identified in the County thus far this year, health officials warn that the risk for West Nile virus transmission has significantly increased. "The last time we had a similar high number of positive mosquito batches at this time of year was in 2005, which resulted in 11 human cases and one death," said Irene Pierce, the Health Department's Executive Director. "This makes…
Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Mosquitoes that carry dangerous virus thrive in dry conditions, according to the Lake County Health Department.
A mosquito pool (or batch of mosquitoes), sampled July 6 in Mundelein, has tested positive for West Nile virus. The mosquito pool is the first confirmed indicator of the disease's presence in Lake County in 2012. In 2011, no human cases, one bird, and 14 mosquito pools tested positive for the virus in the county. "Hot weather typically increases mosquito activity," said Irene Pierce, the Health Department's Executive Director. "You can protect yourself against mosquito bites by following the three R's - reduce your exposure to mosquitoes, repel them by wearing insect repellent, and report areas where mosquitoes typically breed." Despite the lack of rain, mosquitoes are still active in many areas of the County. It is particularly important …
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Chicagoland news to talk about: Highland Park bank robbed this morning.
The PNC Bank on Central Avenue in Highland Park was robbed shortly after opening Thursday morning, according to Highland Park Police officers. Details about the crime are still emerging, on the Highland Park Patch. The family of a Berwyn, Illinois teenager who was found dead in a squalid home filled with over 200 animals defended their animal hoarding in an interview with a Chicago television station this week. But Barbara Price, 77-year-old grandmother of the boy, does not see what all the fuss is about. "I came from Minneapolis, Minnesota many years ago, from a hog farm,” Barbara told CBS 2. "I know what filth is. If we lived here all these years, how come suddenly it's deadly? Shouldn't we have died long ago?" The Illinois Department …
Friday, August 26, 2011
Lake County Health Department has confirmed that a mosquito pool in Buffalo Grove tested positive for West Nile virus.
Friday, August 26, 2011
Lake County Health Department has confirmed that a mosquito pool in Buffalo Grove tested positive for West Nile virus. It is the first confirmed case in Lake County in 2011. Recommendations to prevent mosquito breeding include: Recommendations to prevent mosquito bites include: West Nile Virus Hotline The Health Department maintains a West Nile virus hotline for county residents to report areas of stagnant water, which are conducive for mosquito breeding, or to obtain more information about the signs and symptoms of West Nile encephalitis. The West Nile hotline number is: 1-847-377-8300. For more information about West Nile virus, visit: www.LakeCountyIL.gov Information provided by Lake County Health Department.