First West Nile Death Reported In Illinois This Year

A Will County man in his 60’s is the first West Nile virus reported death this year in Illinois. The Will County health department reported its first human case of West Nile virus yesterday and the man died Wednesday morning.

To date the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) has reports of fifteen human cases of West Nile virus across the state, and now one death. The DuPage County Health Department reported a woman in her 70’s with neuroinvasive disease. There are nine cases of neuroinvasive disease in Cook County ranging from a 10-year-old boy to a woman in her 80’s. Crawford County reported a man in his 50’s with neuroinvasive disease and Kane County reported a woman in her 70’s with the disease. A St. Clair County women in her 30’s was diagnosed with neuroinvasive disease while the first West Nile virus case in Illinois this year was a St. Clair County man in his 60’s with West Nile fever.

Here are some guidelines Winnebago County health officials say we should follow to avoid contracting the virus:
-Avoid outdoor activities between dusk and dawn
-When outdoors between dusk and dawn, wear shoes and socks, long pants and long sleeves
-Apply insect repellent containing 25-35 percent DEET to exposed skin
-Remove standing water from around your home at least once a week

If you want more information, visit the Illinois Department of Health Website by clicking here.