Cook County woman dies of West Nile disease

CHICAGO (AP) -- Authorities say a 90-year-old Schiller Park woman is the first person to die of West Nile disease in Cook County this season.

The county's public health department announced today that the woman died on August 31st following a short hospital stay.

In addition to the one death, officials say there have been 26 other cases of Cook County residents coming down with the mosquito-borne disease.

Dozens of other human cases of West Nile virus have been reported across Illinois.

West Nile is transmitted to humans through the bites of mosquitoes that pick up the virus by feeding on the blood of infected birds.