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S. Elgin man Kane’s 11th West Nile case of 2012

Updated: November 19, 2012 3:12PM



The Kane County Health Department on Wednesday reported another case of West Nile Virus. The 50-year-old South Elgin man is the 11th person reported to have come down with the disease this year in the county.

The county health department said the man was hospitalized and has since been discharged.

The state health department has recorded 211 cases statewide this year, including nine deaths, compared to 34 cases and three deaths last year.

Kane County has had one death from West Nile this year. The county reported only one human case of the disease in 2011.

With the onset of colder weather, the health department said it has stopped West Nile monitoring activities but will continue to report any new cases once a week on Wednesdays.

West Nile 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. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches; but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 years have the highest risk of severe disease, the health department said.

Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Kane County Health Department’s website at www.kanehealth.com/west_nile.htm or the Illinois Department of Public Health’s website at www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/wnv.htm. People also can call the IDPH West Nile Virus Hotline at (866) 369-9710 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.



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