Village asks for help to prevent spread of West Nile virus

Village asks for help to prevent spread of West Nile virus

TOLONO — Village officials are again spraying for mosquitoes and are asking Tolono residents to do their part after one person became ill with West Nile virus.

The village first alerted residents through its website and social media this week. Mayor Rob Murphy later told News-Gazette Media that the person's condition is improving, but he could not share other details.

This is the first human West Nile case in Champaign County in 2018, according to the Illinois Department of Public Health website.

In all, there have been 103 human cases of West Nile virus this season. Nearly half have been in Cook County, but a few other East Central Illinois counties — Coles, Edgar and Ford — have each had one human case this season, too, according to IDPH.

Since West Nile is spread to people by infected mosquitoes, health officials urge getting rid of standing water sources around the home that can be mosquito breeding areas, checking window and door screens for holes, and covering up and using insect repellent outdoors.

Most people who become infected with West Nile virus don't develop symptoms. Those that do can develop fever, headache and body ache.

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