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Article updated: 9/4/2012 3:49 PM

Batavia teen is 2nd human West Nile case reported in Kane

By Harry Hitzeman

A 16-year-old Batavia girl is Kane County's second human case of West Nile virus this year, health department officials announced Tuesday.

The girl last month was feeling ill, but was not hospitalized and has recovered, officials said.

The virus killed a 64-year-old Elgin man earlier last month and contributed to the death of Lombard Village President William Mueller as well.

Health department officials say the dry, hot summer has created ideal condition for the Culex mosquito, which can carry the virus after feeding on an infected bird.

Health department officials predict there will be more cases this year and residents can find out more information by viewing a map of trap locations throughout the county or getting more information here.

Last year, only one case was reported in Kane County, but there were five in 2010 and none in 2009, which had an unusually mild summer. In 2005, there were 17 cases reported.

To reduce the risk, official recommend: Avoid being outdoors when mosquitoes are most active, especially between dusk and dawn; use prevention methods whenever mosquitoes are present.

When outdoors, wear shoes and socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt; use insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus; make sure doors and windows have tightfitting screens; and change water in birdbaths weekly.

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