MDOH: 51 cases of West Nile virus confirmed this year

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Ogle County reported its first case of West Nile earlier in September.

The Illinois Department of Public Health confirmed the first human West Nile virus-related death in Illinois for 2017. There are now 37 human cases in IL.

In 2016, the state had 43 cases with two deaths.

IDPH Director Nirav D. Shah said in a statement that although cooler weather is beginning, West Nile virus is still a concern.

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Health experts recommend to protect yourself from the virus by using insect repellant and wearing long-sleeved shirts and trousers, particularly during the hours between dusk and dawn.

Minimize being outdoors when mosquitoes transmitting West Nile virus are most active, especially between dusk and dawn.

People who do become ill after contracting the virus may develop a fever, headache and rash that lasts a few days. West Nile first showed up in the U.S.in 1999 and came to IL in 2001. In rare cases encephalitis, meningitis, and death are possible. People older than 50 and immunocompromised individuals are at higher risk for severe illness. Consult a physician before using repellents on infants.

You can find more information on preventing West Nile Virus here.

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