An Illinois resident has died from West Nile virus, the first such death this year. A Kankakee County resident, who tested positive, died earlier this month. No further information on the victim was released.
IL leaders say the West Nile virus has claimed a life for the first time this year in the state. IDPH announced the first 2017 West Nile case in the state on July 20. People are urged to take precautions like using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and trousers, plus staying indoors between dusk and dawn.
In 2016, the IDPH reported 155 human cases and six deaths connected to West Nile. IL is now dealing with 37 West Nile cases.
Now 37 people in IL are infected with West Nile. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches and can last from a few days to a few weeks.
Officials say old tires are a breeding ground for mosquitoes, which carry the West Nile and Zika. Four out of five infected with the virus will not show any symptoms at all, but in rare cases, a severe infection will cause meningitis, encephalitis or even death.