|September 26, 2002||West Nile
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HUMAN CASES OF WEST NILE DISEASE RISE TO 551
SPRINGFIELD, IL The Illinois Department of Public Health today announced 12 new laboratory positive cases of West Nile disease have brought the state's total number of human cases this year from the mosquito-borne disease to 551.
The cases reported today include two from the city of Chicago, seven from suburban Cook County and one each from Clinton, Effingham and Macoupin counties. So far this year, there have been human cases of West Nile disease in 39 of the state's 102 counties and 29 deaths. Human cases range in age from 3 months to 97 years and the average age is 56.
The state's deaths have been from Chicago (6), suburban Cook County (14) and one each from DuPage, Effingham, Fulton, Knox, Lake, Macon, Madison, Moultrie and Sangamon counties.
Cases announced today follow:
CHICAGO: A 41-year-old man with West Nile fever, who was not hospitalized; and a 48-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile fever.
CLINTON COUNTY: A 67-year-old man, who was hospitalized.
SUBURBAN (NORTHERN) COOK COUNTY: A 66-year-old woman, who was hospitalized; a 62-year-old woman, who was hospitalized; and an 85-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile fever.
SUBURBAN (SOUTHERN) COOK COUNTY: A 21-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis; a 68-year-old man, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis; a 43-year-old woman with West Nile fever, who was not hospitalized; and 47-year-old man, who was not hospitalized.
EFFINGHAM COUNTY: A 79-year-old woman, who was hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis.
MACOUPIN COUNTY: A 39-year-old woman, 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. Lumpkin continued to urge Illinoisans to take the following steps to reduce the chance of mosquito bites until their area experiences a hard frost:
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.
A total of 513 birds, 528 mosquito batches and 415 horses in 98 Illinois counties have tested positive this year for the virus since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began on May 1.
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.
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.
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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