Breaking News Bar
updated: 10/4/2012 7:46 AM

Illinois West Nile virus cases continue to climb

hello
Success - Article sent! close
 
Associated Press

SPRINGFIELD, -- Six people have died of West Nile virus in Illinois as the number of human cases continues to climb.

The Illinoi Department of Public Health is tracking cases of the mosquito-borne disease and updated its count Wednesday. The agency says the virus has sickened 179 people in Illinois this year.

Order Reprint Print Article
 
Interested in reusing this article?
Custom reprints are a powerful and strategic way to share your article with customers, employees and prospects.
The YGS Group provides digital and printed reprint services for Daily Herald. Complete the form to the right and a reprint consultant will contact you to discuss how you can reuse this article.
Need more information about reprints? Visit our Reprints Section for more details.

Contact information ( * required )

Success - request sent close

In contrast, Illinois saw 34 cases last year when three people died.

This year's mild winter, early spring and very hot summer created excellent breeding conditions for the mosquito that carries West Nile. Federal health officials have said that infections are expected to continue into October, although the height of mosquito season has passed.

Most people infected with West Nile won't get sick, but about one in 150 will develop the severe form of the illness.

Share this page
Comments ()
Guidelines: Keep it civil and on topic; no profanity, vulgarity, slurs or personal attacks. People who harass others or joke about tragedies will be blocked. If a comment violates these standards or our terms of service, click the X in the upper right corner of the comment box. To find our more, read our FAQ.
    help here