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Insect Bites and Illness

The Illinois Department of Public Health is reporting that cases of infections from insect bites are on the rise in the state. In fact, there has been a 58% increase in reports of diseases related to insect bites in Illinois from 2004 to 2016. Recently, a Kankakee resident tested positive for Heartland virus, a rare infection from a Lone Star tick bite.

Signs to watch for that may indicate an insect borne illness include fever and chills, nausea, body aches, and diarrhea. However, there are ways to protect yourself from insect borne illnesses including wearing light-colored clothing with long sleeves and pants, using insect repellant containing Deet, and showering after being outside. Tick borne illnesses have no cure, so it is also important to check for ticks on yourself, your family, and your pets.

For more information on insect borne illness, check out the links below:

Original material found at: https://www.usnews.com/news/best-states/illinois/articles/2018-05-11/illinois-illnesses-from-insect-bites-increased-by-58-percent

http://www.pjstar.com/news/20180921/first-tickborne-heartland-virus-case-reported-in-illinois