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Illinois Confirms First Human West Nile Case

Illinois Confirms First Human West Nile Case

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The state has its first human case of West Nile virus of the year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports a Chicago woman in her seventies became ill with the virus last month. Other details about her case are not being released.

The first reported case came around the same time last summer. While the effects of the virus are arriving later than in past years, IDPH spokeswoman Melaney Arnold says it’s better for Illinoisans to play it safe.

“Although we’re not seeing a lot of West Nile virus activity, we do have reports of mosquitoes, birds, and now a human across Illinois, so it’s important that people do take precautions,” Arnold said.

32 counties have reported birds and mosquitoes that tested positive for the virus, down from 49 counties at this time last year.

In 2013, there were 117 human cases of the virus, including 11 deaths.

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