West Nile Virus
The Cook County Department of Public Health says a man in his early 90s from the south Chicago suburbs has died after contracting West Nile virus.
This week the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) reported an adolescent female, living in St. Clair County, is the first to contact West Nile virus in Illinois.
Arrighai says since West Nile Virus is endemic to Missouri, St. Louis city no longer tests for it “because we know it’s here.”
University of Illinois entomologist says the species that carry West Nile virus is more likely to breed in dry weather.
The Illinois Department of Public Health reports one died in late August, and the other died early this month.
A 59-year-old man from St. Louis County has been hospitalized with West Nile virus in the area’s first case of 2014.
Laclede County also had one fatal case of the infection last year.
The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed that a bird and mosquitoes have tested positive for West Nile virus.
The state health department says a 54-year-old St. Louis County man has the state’s first case of West Nile virus this summer.
The Madison County Health Department says West Nile positive mosquitoes have been found in Bethalto, Edwardsville, Glen Carbon and Meadowbrook.