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June 2014
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  • West Nile Virus Hovers in the Prairie State

    Just as folks gear up for outdoor fun this time of year, some sobering news hits: Mosquitoes in Illinois have tested positive for West Nile Virus.

    Keep patients safe by urging them to remember the three "R's" - reduce exposure, repel when outdoors and report excessive stagnant water on nearby roads and highways.

    Multiple related resources are posted on the Illinois Department of Public Health's (IDFPR's) website, including a list of precautions and bilingual materials for patients. IDFPR also provides a West Nile Virus hotline, staffed during regular business hours at 866-369-9710.

     Another mosquito-borne disease poised to hit this summer

    The chikungunya virus, a mosquito-borne illness that causes high fevers and extreme joint pain, has spread quickly throughout the Caribbean and South America, and now cases are surfacing in the U.S.

    These emerhence of the virus in the U.S. could result in its being spread locally via mosquitos, so warn patients traveling to or returning from the Caribbean and South America to take precautions and be vigilant in monitoring their and their family's mosquito bites and symptoms.

    For further information, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's chikungunya resource page.

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