Elgin Man Dies From West Nile Virus

A 64-year-old Elgin man with the virus died last week

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    The first person to contract the West Nile virus in Kane County has died, the county's health department confirmed.

    A 64-year-old Elgin man with the virus died last week. His death was attributed to the virus. 

    "This summer has been hot and dry, the perfect combination for the Culex mosquito, the species that is known to carry the virus," the Kane County Health Department said in a statement. "It is likely we will see more activity before the season is over."

    August and September are typically the months when Illinois sees a rise in cases, but a larger spike is expected this year because of the area's hot, dry summer.

    As of this week, the Centers for Disease Control confirmed 1,118 cases in 47 states, including 27 in Illinois and one in Wisconsin.

    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, also contracted the virus and expects to make a full recovery.

    Mosquitos thrive in these conditions, and 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.