West Nile Virus http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Illinois' First Case Of West Nile In Birds Found In Monroe County http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-first-case-west-nile-birds-found-monroe-county <p>Illinois' first case this year of West Nile virus in a bird has been confirmed. According to the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) the infected starling was collected by the Monroe County Health Department on June 27 in Waterloo, Ill.</p><p>This pattern of detection is part of an annual trend seen by health officials in which the West Nile virus is first detected in mosquitoes, followed by birds, and then, people. No cases have been reported so far this year in humans. However, according to health officials, it is only a matter of time before a person is infected.</p> Wed, 10 Jul 2013 19:39:21 +0000 Sarah Skiöld-Hanlin 28113 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois' First Case Of West Nile In Birds Found In Monroe County St. Louis County reports first probable human West Nile case of the year http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-reports-first-probable-human-west-nile-case-year <p>St. Louis County has reported its first probable human case of West Nile Virus.</p><p>The victim was a 55-year-old woman from Kirkwood. She’s believed to have contracted the mosquito-transmitted disease early this summer and has since completely recovered.</p><p></p><p>The Director of Communicable Disease Control at the St. Louis County Department of Health, Dr. Faisal Khan, says most people who are infected with the virus don’t develop any symptoms.</p><p>Mild cases experience something like the flu, but about 1 in 150 people will get severely ill.</p> Tue, 04 Sep 2012 22:08:27 +0000 Kelsey Proud & Véronique LaCapra 4485 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County reports first probable human West Nile case of the year With West Nile on the rise, we answer your questions http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/west-nile-rise-we-answer-your-questions This year is on track to be the worst ever for West Nile virus in the United States. Here are the <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/index.htm">latest numbers</a> from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:<p><ul><p><li>1,590 reported cases, nearly 500 more than a week ago for a rise of 44 percent.</li><p><li>889 cases, or 56 percent, involve severe neurological disease.</li><p><li>66 deaths, compared to 41 last week.</li><p></ul><p>Every state except Alaska and Hawaii has reported West Nile virus in people, birds or mosquitoes. Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:43:59 +0000 Richard Knox 4450 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org With West Nile on the rise, we answer your questions St. Louis County boosts anti-mosquito efforts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/st-louis-county-boosts-anti-mosquito-efforts <p>A big jump in human cases of West Nile Virus in Illinois, Texas and Arkansas is prompting St. Louis County to boost its spraying to combat mosquitoes.</p><p>"An extra team of vector control employees will spray strategic areas in the early morning hours this week to reduce the number of breeding adult mosquitoes and knock down any that may be carrying West Nile Virus," Vector Control Operations Manager Drew Hane said. That team is a supplement to evening and overnight spraying efforts.</p><p>The county health department is urging residents to take the following steps:</p> Wed, 29 Aug 2012 19:38:54 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 4448 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org St. Louis County boosts anti-mosquito efforts Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-wednesday-may-23-2012 <p><strong>Mo. mountain lions are visitors, not natives</strong></p><p>The number of mountain lion sightings in the state of Missouri is on the rise, and DNA tests show some of them are visiting from other states.</p><p>The Missouri Conservation Department <a href="http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/wildlife-sightings/mountain-lions/confirmed-mountain-lion-reports">confirmed 14 mountain lion sightings</a> last year &ndash; that&rsquo;s up from a total of 12 in the previous 16 years.</p> Wed, 23 May 2012 11:55:22 +0000 Rachel Lippmann & The Associated Press 3764 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning headlines - Wednesday, May 23, 2012 Wellston boy is St. Louis County's first case of West Nile http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/wellston-boy-st-louis-countys-first-case-west-nile <p>Despite cooler weather over the past several days, it&#39;s still mosquito season, and that means there&#39;s the potential for <a href="http://www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile/Mapsactivity/surv&amp;control11MapsAnybyState.htm">West Nile Virus cases</a>.</p><p>The St. Louis County Department of Health has reported its first suspected human case. A 12-year-old boy from Wellston was briefly hospitalized with West Nile symptoms, though the department says he has returned to normal activities.</p><p>The county says there was one human case last year.</p> Thu, 08 Sep 2011 13:59:37 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2010 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Wellston boy is St. Louis County's first case of West Nile Ill. reports first human cases of West Nile virus http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/ill-reports-first-human-cases-west-nile-virus <p>Two men in Illinois are the <a href="http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnvsurveillance_humancases_11.htm">first human cases</a> of West Nile virus in the state.</p><p>The Illinois Department of Public Health says a Cook County man in his 80s got sick earlier this month. A 30-year-old from south-central Illinois became ill in July. In 2010, the first human case was reported on Aug. 31 - 61 people eventually tested positive.</p> Fri, 19 Aug 2011 15:20:56 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 1902 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Ill. reports first human cases of West Nile virus Mosquitoes in St. Louis Co. test positive for West Nile Virus http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mosquitoes-st-louis-co-test-positive-west-nile-virus <p>The Saint Louis County Health Department has found the first mosquitoes of the season carrying West Nile Virus.</p><p>Mosquitoes testing positive for the virus have been found in St. Louis Co. communities including Clayton, Florissant, Hanley Hills, Lemay, Manchester, Mehlville, Richmond Heights.</p><p>No human cases have been reported.</p><p> Thu, 23 Jun 2011 15:15:46 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 1488 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mosquitoes in St. Louis Co. test positive for West Nile Virus