Just days after reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in DuPage County, a Villa Park man was the second person diagnosed with the virus.
Earlier this week, the DuPage County Health Department reported a Downers Grove woman in her 50s was the first person diagnosed with the virus in the county. Thursday, the health department said a man, also in his 50s, has the virus.
The health department is encouraging residents to take precautions against the bites, since the number of mosquitoes infected with the virus is high this year.
Hot and dry weather conditions created a perfect breeding ground for the Culex mosquitoes that are the main carriers of the virus.
While DuPage County has only verified two human cases diagnosed this year, in other parts of the country the virus is taking a toll.
In Texas, the state is experiencing a large number of West Nile virus infections, with more than 450 people infected and 17 deaths from the virus in 2012, according to the Texas Department of State Health Services.
The number of cases in Illinois is expected to rise as more reports are received and confirmed, according to the DuPage County Health Department. Statewide, 2012 human case data, including cases by county, are available on the Illinois Department of Public Health West Nile virus website.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes. The best way to prevent West Nile virus disease is to avoid mosquito bites:
- Use insect repellents when you go outdoors.
- Wear long sleeves and pants during dawn and dusk.
- Install or repair screens on windows and doors. Use air conditioning, if you have it.
- Empty standing water from items outside your home such as flowerpots, buckets and kiddie pools.