Two additional cases of La Crosse encephalitis confirmed in Macon County
Macon County Health Director, Jim Bruckner announced on Monday that two additional cases of La Crosse encephalitis were confirmed in Macon County. Bruckner confirmed that both patients were admitted during September to Memorial Mission Hospital and both patients are currently recovering at home. Laboratory testing to confirm La Crosse encephalitis relies on antibody testing which can take up to two weeks to produce a definitive result. These two cases of La Crosse encephalitis brought Macon County’s total to three for the year, with the first case being diagnosed back in June.
Stan Polanski, Physician Assistant at Macon County Public Health said the La Crosse encephalitis virus is transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito.