Friday, August 19, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews || UPDATED: 3:04 p.m.
The Cook County Department of Public Health (CDPH) is warning residents that the risk is high of catching West Nile Virus, a disease commonly spread by infected mosquitoes that feed on infected birds.
The virus doesn’t often present a significant health threat, even when contracted. In rare cases, complications can include “severe illness including encephalitis (inflammation of the brain), meningitis (inflammation of the lining of the brain and spinal cord), or even death,” according to CDPH.
According to multiple media reports, a woman in her 50s who lives in a northwest suburb is the first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in suburban Cook County. She reportedly became sick late last month.
A recent CDPH West Nile surveillance report shows 57 communities with mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus during between July 31 and Aug. 6. Those communities include area suburbs such as Broadview, Forest Park, Hillside, Melrose Park, Oak Park and River Forest. (Also see the CDPH image below):
According to the CDPH, four out of five people infected by West Nile don’t show any symptoms of the virus and some may become sick three to 15 days after the infected mosquito bite.
Common symptoms include muscle aches, headache, fever and nausea while serious symptoms can include stiff neck and confusion. Those symptoms typically last from a “few days to a few weeks,” the CDPH notes.
“Serious illness can occur in people of any age,” the CDPH notes. “However, those at greatest risk are people that: are over 50 years of age; have certain medical conditions, such as cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease; have received organ transplants; and/or spend a lot of time outdoors; especially between dusk and dawn.”
Anyone experiencing these symptoms is encouraged to contact his or her healthcare provider. In order to decrease your risk of contracting the virus, use repellent with DEET, wear protective clothing, remove pools of standing water that may attract mosquitoes and make sure window and door screens are properly sealed.
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SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 2016
11th Annual Homeless Awareness Fair || 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. || Maywood
This annual fair, founded by Bonnie Stegall, is held each year to shed awareness on the issue of homelessness, among other chronic problems affecting Maywood and the surrounding suburbs. This year, the event will take place on Aug. 20 outside of Miracle Revival Center, 2010 S. St. Charles Rd., from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
“I saw this homeless lady sitting on the bench at 25th and St. Charles and she was full of feces,” said Stegall, describing how she hatched the idea for the fest during an interview last month. “She was maybe in her late 40s, early 50s. She looked like she had lost her mind and it didn’t appear that anyone was looking after her.”
Ever since then, Stegall has worked each year to put on the fest, which often features free dental screenings, health screenings, school supplies, food, entertainment (see the Proviso West Marching Band above) and more. This year, she said, the Buffalo Soldiers will be present, but the parade — a staple of the annual event — will not happen. This is free and open to the public.
D209 and PTMAN Truancy Rally Walk || 9:30 a.m. || Maywood
The Proviso Township Ministerial Alliance Network and District 209 is teaming up to host a Truancy Rally Walk ahead of the upcoming school year. The walk will start at Proviso Baptist Church, 1116 S. 5th Ave. in Maywood, 9:30 a.m.
Danka Basketball League Back-to-School Tournament || 9 a.m. || Maywood
Fresh off of hosting its first annual basketball summer camp, Danka Basketball League is set to host a back-to-school tournament at Maywood’s legendary 10th Park basketball courts, 10th Avenue and Washington Blvd, on Aug. 20, 9 a.m. Call (708) 506-2089 for more information.
ARTS & CULTURE
Maywood Fine Arts Dance Studio Grand Opening || 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. || Maywood
After years of anticipation, Maywood Fine Arts will finally cut the ribbon on its new dance studio. The ribbon-cutting and open house tour will take place from on Aug. 20, 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 20 N. 5th Ave. The public is welcome.
“The building will be pretty open to Fifth Avenue,” said MFA co-founder Lois Baumann about the new digs in a June interview. “People who bring their kids will see children learning. We want it to be fun, friendly and safe environment for the community. Even at night, all the lights will be on so people can see the good things happening inside.”
Maywood Park District Equipment Dedication || 11 a.m. || Maywood
St. Paul NeighborFest || 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. || Melrose Park
St. Paul Lutheran Church is excited to announce the date of our annual NeighborFest! This year promises to have something fun for everyone! We welcome and encourage all of our neighbors and friends to join us from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Aug. 20 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, 1025 W. Lake St. Call (708) 343-1000 for more information.
Human Foosball is sure to be a hit, along with live animals presented by Lil’ Critters! There will also be volleyball, bingo, sack races, a water balloon toss, a bounce house and other fun activities.
Music will be provided by ThunbKnuckle! St. Paul’s very own Castillo Fuerte will also perform and have you singing along! Chinelos Destructora will perform cultural dancing and there will be other surprise guests.
Maywood Old Timers Picnic || 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. || Maywood
Since its founding nearly 20 years ago, the Maywood Old Timers Picnic has become a source of history for those interested in mining the village’s rich past.
This year, the picnic will be held on Aug. 20, 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Maywood Veterans Memorial Park, 5th Ave. and Fred Hampton Way (or Oak St.).
Bring your family and friends. There will be food, fun and entertainment. For more information, call (708) 740-0747. Please leave a voicemail if you don’t get through.
Christ Temple’s Annual Prayer Walk || Aug. 20 || 4 p.m.
Christ Temple Church Maywood (CTCM) is sponsoring an annual Prayer Walk on Aug. 20 at 4 p.m. The theme is “Walking in Faith & Victory.”
Residents of the Village of Maywood and surrounding communities are encouraged to walk and pray for our families and guidance for elected and appointed officials.
“Dissension has America on edge,” said the church’s pastor, Michael Bellamy. “In times of uncertainty, it is even more important for communities to unite for peace. Harmony is a result of diverse groups coming together to seek out common ground for the common good. We must pray for our families and governing officials.”
CTCM hosted approximately 250 participants at its walk last August. This year, the organization is expecting up to 500 walkers.
For additional information contact CTCM at 708-343-2380.