MDOH: 51 cases of West Nile virus confirmed this year

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West Nile virus found in county

The Illinois Department of Public Health reported the first human case of West Nile for the year on July 20.

The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said one person has died from the West Nile Virus. IL is now dealing with 37 West Nile cases. A year ago 155 people were infected, and six died.

West Nile Virus is spread to people through the bite of an infected mosquito, and is not transmitted from person to person, according to the report. Symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches and can last from a few days to a few weeks. Residents can also use DEET-based repellent and stay indoors at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active. Four out of five infected with the virus will not show any symptoms at all, but in rare cases, a severe infection will cause meningitis, encephalitis or even death. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness.

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Crews will be spraying for mosquitoes Tuesday night after a second person in Rock Hill was diagnosed with West Nile virus.

The most serious cases of West Nile can be deadly.

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