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First Human West Nile Virus Case Reported

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A Kane County woman has been diagnosed with West Nile virus. This is the first reported human case in Illinois this year. Melaney Arnold of the state Department of Public Health says more reports could start coming in as mosquito season picks up.

ARNOLD: In 2007, there were 101 human cases of West Nile virus, four of those were actually fatal cases. So we’re always recommending people take precautions: eliminate standing water and wear insect repellent when you go outside.

West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes that pick up the infection from birds. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. Kane County is one of 12 counties in Illinois that have reported mosquitoes, birds or horses with West Nile this year.

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