Illinois Reports First West Nile Case, Death in 2022

Illinois Reports First West Nile Case, Death in 2022

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois health officials said a Cook County resident in their late 70s died of West Nile virus in the first human case of the mosquito-borne disease reported in the state this year.

The Illinois Department of Public Health announced Tuesday that the person became ill at the beginning of August.

It said laboratory testing at the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed West Nile virus was a contributing factor in the death.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a house mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

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