The wife of the first person to die from the West Nile virus in Illinois has confirmed the man's identity.
The state Health Department says 67-year-old Sam Basalome of Westmont died August 10th. His wife, Shirley Basalome, says her 67-year-old husband had heart bypass surgery in 1994 and a kidney transplant in 1996.
His death is the fourth new case of the mosquito-borne virus in the state, bringing to nine the number of human cases in Illinois. The other new cases involve a 42-year-old Will County woman, an 80-year-old Cook County man a 39-year-old Chicago woman.