Suffredin- For a Better Cook County  
 

Accountability
Forest Preserves
Public Safety
Cook County Budget
Forest Pres. Budget
Property Tax Appeal
Health & Hospitals
Land Bank Authority
Policy Resolutions
Unsung Heroine

 

   
 
   
   
 
   
     
  Office phone numbers:  
   
 
 

The Cook County Code of Ordinances are the current laws of Cook County.

   
 

Search current and proposed Cook County Legislation in Larry's exclusive legislative library.

   
  Cook County was created on January 15, 1831 and named after Daniel P. Cook, Member of Congress and the first Attorney from the State of Illinois.
   
     
     
     



West Nile Threat Remains High
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus are increasing

Thursday, July 21, 2005
Cook County Dept. of Public Health

       
Media contact, Kitty Loewy, 708-492-2015
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                                   www.cookcountypublichealth.org


Don’t be complacent about prevention. “Now is the time to be wearing repellent, limiting your hours outside in the evening when mosquito activity is heaviest and making sure there is no standing water on your property,” said John H. Stroger, Jr., President of the Board of Cook County Commissioners.

President Stroger and the Cook County Department of Public Health are hoping the public gets that message. “It may seem as though there are few mosquitoes biting this season, but, our surveillance shows that the mosquitoes that transmit West Nile virus are out there,” said CCDPH chief operating officer, Stephen A. Martin, Jr., Ph.D, M.P.H.

According to the surveillance done by the Mosquito Abatement Districts of Cook County (MAD’s) and CCDPH, almost 120 positive culex mosquito samples have been identified as carriers of WNV.  During mosquito season, May through October, the health department and the MADS routinely survey areas with mosquito traps to determine the presence of WNV.
  
The culex mosquito, also known as the house mosquito, thrives in both urban and suburban environments. The female mosquitoes lay their eggs in buckets, tin cans, tires, storm drains, catch basins, unused swimming pools or birdbaths which hold stagnant water. Eventually the larvae develop into adults capable of spreading the virus.

“It is important that residents do not become complacent.  The number of West Nile virus positive birds and mosquito pools are increasing throughout the County.  During periods of low rainfall and high temperatures, such as what we are seeing now, the life cycle of the house mosquito is accelerated. Heat drives the process,” added Dr. Martin.

In addition to the positive mosquito samples, six birds in suburban Cook County have tested positive for the virus, out of twenty-five submitted.

WNV is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.  Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Symptoms may include fever, headache and body aches.


Anyone who develops symptoms such as high fever, confusion, muscle weakness, severe headaches or stiff neck should see a doctor immediately. These symptoms may indicate meningitis or encephalitis, two potentially life-threatening illnesses. Diagnosis is made through a blood test, but no specific medication exists to treat or cure the disease.

Follow these suggestions to avoid being bitten:
• Never allow mosquitoes to breed. Check around the outside of your home for containers that could hold water. Empty the water regularly or make sure the container is covered.
• Apply mosquito repellent containing 10 – 30% DEET primarily to clothing.  This year, in addition to DEET, the CDC is recommending products containing picaridin and lemon of eucalyptus. Both have proven to be effective mosquito repellents. Always follow the directions on the container.                                                
• Limit time outdoors when mosquito activity is heaviest (dusk through dawn).
• Keep skin covered if outdoors between dusk and dawn. Wear long-sleeved shirts, pants and socks.
                  
WNV was first detected in birds in Cook County during September of 2001. Human illness in Illinois occurred in the summer of 2002, sickening 884 people statewide and causing 64 deaths, 38 of them in Chicago and suburban Cook County. In the summers of 2003 and 2004, a total of 28 people fell ill in suburban Cook County, with two deaths reported. However, 2003 and 2004 were unusually cool summers that slowed the development of the house mosquito.
     
For more WNV prevention information or to report a dead bird or animal, call CCDPH at 708-492-2650, or visit these sites:
www.cookcountypublichealth.org
www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm
www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm                                                                                                                      
The Illinois Department of Public Health has established a toll-free information line on WNV: 866-369-9710.

                                 ###


 



Recent Headlines

Measles Exposure Reported in Chicago
Monday, May 20, 2019
WTTW News

News from the Cook County Health System
Friday, May 17, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County Health Recognizes Mental Health Awareness Month
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Daily Herald

Skokie plans for road improvements near Edens Expressway: 'It’s desperately needed'
Thursday, May 16, 2019
Skokie Review

5 Chicago hospitals earn D grades for patient safety in new report, Northwestern slips to a B
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Chicago Daily Law Bulletin: Backward Glances
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

Cook County Eliminated Its Gang Database, But Advocates Say Harm Continues
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ News

New Cook County Housing Authority Proposal Targets the 'Missing Middle'
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Evanston RoundTable

Census Citizenship Question Could Hurt Citizens, Noncitizens Alike
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

News from Friends of the Forest Preserves
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

Cook County commissioners get earful about soon-to-be-destroyed gang database
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Detainee dies days after suicide attempt at Cook County jail
Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Chicago Sun-Times

Curious City How Chicago Women Created The World’s First Juvenile Justice System
Monday, May 13, 2019
WBEZ Chicago Public Radio

Cook County report: Sharp drop in jail population, but crime did not jump
Friday, May 10, 2019
Injustice Watch

Will Cook County be home to the next big measles outbreak? Researchers think so.
Friday, May 10, 2019
Chicago Tribune

May is Prime Time for Birding in the Forest Preserves of Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
Special to suffredin.org

More Babies Are Illegally Abandoned Than Turned Over Through Illinois’ Safe Haven Law In Cook County
Thursday, May 09, 2019
CBS Chicago

Empty businesses may lose county tax incentives
Wednesday, May 08, 2019
Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle

As new DCFS report highlights failures, Cook County guardian says 'inept' child welfare agency is ‘not doing its job ... at every level’
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Tribune

Cook County passes bill to stop discrimination against tenant applicants
Tuesday, May 07, 2019
Chicago Crusader

all news items

Paid for by Larry Suffredin and not at taxpayer expense. A Haymarket Production.
^ TOP