Illinois Reports First West Nile Virus Case of the Year

By Bernhard, Blythe | St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO), June 7, 2016 | Go to article overview

Illinois Reports First West Nile Virus Case of the Year


Bernhard, Blythe, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)


A teenager from west-central Illinois has the state's first West Nile virus case of the year, health officials said Monday.

The teen became sick with the mosquito-borne virus in late May. The first West Nile illnesses are typically seen in July or August.

"This first human case is much earlier this year, reminding us that it's important to protect ourselves against mosquito bites now and not wait until the hotter months of summer," said Dr. Nirav Shah, director of the Illinois Department of Public Health, in a statement.

Missouri has had no reported cases of West Nile in 2016.

Most people who catch the virus have no symptoms. About one in five will experience fever, nausea and body aches. In rare cases the virus can cause brain swelling and death.

There were 77 illnesses and nine deaths from West Nile reported in Illinois last year. …

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