|October 3, 2002||West Nile
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NINE NEW CASES OF WEST NILE ILLNESS
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced nine new cases of West Nile disease, bringing to 623 the total number of human cases of the mosquito-borne disease in the state this year.
The nine new cases of West Nile disease include six from suburban Cook County and one each from Macon, McLean and Sangamon counties. So far this year, there have been human cases of West Nile disease in 43 of the state's 102 counties; they range in age from 3 months to 97 years. The average age is 56.
There have been 35 deaths from West Nile encephalitis Chicago (8), suburban Cook County (15), Fulton County (2) and one each from DuPage, Effingham, Jackson, Knox, Lake, Macon, Madison, Moultrie, Sangamon and White counties.
Cases announced today follow:
SUBURBAN (NORTHERN) COOK COUNTY: A 62-year-old man, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis; and a 60-year-old woman with West Nile fever, who was not hospitalized.
SUBURBAN (SOUTHERN) COOK COUNTY: An 82-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile fever; an 80-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis; a 46-year-old man, who was hospitalized; and a 40-year-old man with West Nile fever, who was not hospitalized.
MACON COUNTY: A 66-year-old man, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis.
MCLEAN COUNTY: A 42-year-old woman, who was not hospitalized.
SANGAMON COUNTY: A 75-year-old man, who was hospitalized with West Nile fever.
A complete listing of the positive birds, mosquito batches, horses and humans identified so far in Illinois, by county, is available on the Department's Web site at <www.idph.state.il.us>. Go to the West Nile virus page and select "2002" under surveillance.
Dr. John R. Lumpkin, state public health director, reminded Illinoisans it was still important to take the following steps to reduce the chance of mosquito bites until their area experiences a hard frost:
The Culex or house mosquito, which can carry West Nile virus or St. Louis encephalitis virus, breeds in warm, stagnant water and remains active and biting until there is a hard frost. As the temperatures dip below 60 degrees at night and in early morning, the mosquitoes' feeding habits change from seeking blood meals, which they use for reproduction, to sugar meals from plants that help sustain them over winter.
Dr. Lumpkin said most people who get infected with West Nile virus have either no symptoms or mild symptoms, but a few individuals may develop a more severe form of the disease, such as encephalitis or meningitis.
Most people infected with West Nile virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Infections can be mild and include fever, headache and body aches, or severe and marked by headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, convulsions, muscle weakness, paralysis and, rarely, death. Serious West Nile virus illness is most often present in individuals 50 years of age or older.
A total of 513 birds, 528 mosquito batches and 431 horses in 98 Illinois counties have tested positive this year for the virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1.
2002 West Nile virus surveillance information can be found on the Department's Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnvsurveillance_data02.htm.
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