Will County Confirms Its First Human West Nile Case

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 59 human infections and two deaths across the state

Monday, Sep 3, 2012  |  Updated 6:38 PM CDT
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Will County Confirms Its First Human West Nile Case

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Will County has reported its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

A Romeoville woman in her 40s was hospitalized Aug. 7 and tested positive for the virus. She left about a week later, according to the county health department. 

The Illinois Department of Public Health has reported 59 human infections and two deaths across the state.

A 64-year-old Elgin man, the first person to contract the virus in Kane County, died last month, the county's health department confirmed.

The virus also is to blame for the death of Lombard's long-time village president, 76-year-old Bill Mueller, who battled cancer. Another suburban official, Evergreen Park Mayor James Sexton, contracted the virus as well and expects to make a full recovery.

The health department recommends using bug spray to keep mosquitoes away, wearing long sleeves and pants after sunset, and generally staying indoors at dawn and dusk.

Most people who get bit by an infected mosquito won't get sick, according to the CDC. Only about one in five will show symptoms, and people most at risk are those with other health issues, such as cancer or diabetes.
 

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