St. Louis County has it’s first reported case of the mosquito-carried disease called Chikungunya, though it was not contracted in the area. “There is no cause for panic, no cause for alarm,” says Dr. Faisal Khan, St. Louis County Health Department’s director of communicable disease control.
Laclede County also had one fatal case of the infection last year.
It’s called chikungunya, and symptoms can include fever, headaches, rash and joint pain so sever it can actually lead to a permanent disability.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The Monroe County Health Department announced that a starling collected in Waterloo two weeks ago tested positive for the mosquito-borne virus.
Illinois public health officials say the state’s confirmed the year’s first batch of mosquitoes that have the West Nile virus.
Last year was a banner year both for the sheer number of mosquitos and for the number carrying West Nile Virus but this year will be worse.
County officials say recent rains and this week’s humid forecast adds a degree of danger.
St. Louis County had two confirmed human West Nile cases last year.
Illinois health officials say the hot, dry weather is to blame for more mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus this year and an earlier-than-usual first human case of the illness.