Illinois West Nile Virus Cases Continue to Climb

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Dallas takes aim at mosquitoes

DALLAS (AP) -- For the first time in more than 45 years, the city and county of Dallas plan to resume dropping insecticide from the air to combat the nation's worst outbreak of West Nile virus, which has killed 10 people and caused at least 200 others to fall ill. Both the mayor of Dallas and the Dallas County judge have declared a state of emergency and are voicing their support for an aerial defense against the mosquito-borne illness. But there's widespread opposition from people who fear the chemicals could be harmful.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Health officials in DuPage County say they've confirmed a second human case of West Nile virus in a Villa Park man in his 50s. County officials say cases could increase because they've received other reports they're trying to confirm.

Statewide, the number of reported human cases stood at 11 before the new DuPage County case. Illinois patients have ranged in age from 47 to 76. There have been no reported deaths.

The virus is striking people earlier this year because the weather created good breeding conditions for the mosquito that carries the virus. Last year, the first human case wasn't reported until Aug. 19 in Illinois. That year, there were 34 human cases in the state, including three deaths.

Officials recommend insect repellent and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.

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