|August 11, 2004||2004 West Nile Virus Web site|
BOONE COUNTY MAN LATEST WEST NILE VIRUS CASE
SPRINGFIELD, Ill. A 59-year-old man from Boone County has been diagnosed with West Nile encephalitis, bringing to six the number of humans identified this year with the mosquito-borne disease, Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director, today announced.
Dr. Whitaker said the Boone County man became ill in mid-July and is hospitalized.
The other human cases of West Nile disease identified so far this year are: a 67-year-old man from Jo Daviess County, a 39-year-old Jackson County man, a 14-year-old boy from St. Clair County, a 70-year-old man from Kendall County and a 47-year-old Ford County man.
In addition to the most recent human case, Dr. Whitaker said a batch of mosquitoes collected Sunday in Jerseyville in Jersey County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first West Nile positive reported in that county since surveillance by state and local public health departments began on May 1.
A total of 127 birds, 402 mosquito pools and two horses in 45 counties have now tested positive this year for West Nile virus.
Dr. Whitaker urged people to continue to take simple, common sense precautions to avoid mosquito bites and protect themselves from West Nile disease. These precautions include:
WNV is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito.
Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Although illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, serious illness and death are possible. Persons over 50 years of age have the highest risk of severe disease.
In 2003, Illinois recorded 54 West Nile disease human cases, including one death, and in 2002, the state led the nation with 884 cases and 66 deaths.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Department's Web site at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm or people can call the Department's West Nile virus hotline (866-369-9710) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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