Updated: July 4, 2014 2:08AM
Samples collected from a mosquito-monitoring site in Joliet represent the Will County Health Department’s first confirmed West Nile virus activity for 2014, according to a press release from the county.
The samples were collected Tuesday and tested positive for the West Nile virus on Wednesday and Thursday.
The Joliet site is one of 14 mosquito-monitoring facilities operated by Will County Environmental Health.
No human cases have been reported in Illinois to date, but activity in bird and mosquito populations typically foreshadows human activity, the release said.
Illinois reported 117 human cases and 11 fatalities a year ago, it said. There were no cases of human infection from Will County in 2013, the county said.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches. Symptoms may last from a few days to several weeks, and potential complications include meningitis or encephalitis, the release said.
To minimize the potential for contracting the virus, people should wear long pants, long sleeves, shoes and socks when going outdoors, the county said. Mosquitoes are most active near dawn, at dusk, and during the early evening. Insect repellent containing DEET or other chemical compounds that deter mosquitoes are also recommended.
For more information, visit www.idph.state.il.us or www.willcountyhealth.org.
New home for Cancer Support Center’s Mokena location
The Cancer Support Center hosted an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony Tuesday at its new Mokena site, at 19657 S. LaGrange Road. The facility has double the square footage of its previous site, and as a result, the center plans to add programming to its services.
The Cancer Support Center, which also has a Homewood location, provides support and services to those living with a cancer diagnosis, as well as to their loved ones.
For more information, call (708) 478-3529 or visit www.cancersupportcenter.org.