Will County records first human West Nile case of year
October 10, 2011 8:40AM
Updated: November 16, 2011 12:02PM
JOLIET — An elderly Frankfort area man has become Will County’s first human West Nile virus case for 2011.
The man, in his 80s, was hospitalized Sept. 7, two days after developing a fever, disorientation, headaches, malaise and a variety of other symptoms. He remained hospitalized for nearly three weeks but has now been discharged.
No further information on his condition is available.
At least 23 human West Nile cases have been diagnosed in Illinois this summer, including 14 from Cook County. More than 56 percent of the confirmed human cases involve people 60 years of age or older.
The potential for additional infections may have been diminished by recent chilly evening temperatures, but the illness threat remains viable until a hard frost.
The Will County Health Department urges area residents to continue to take precautions against mosquito bites by wearing long sleeves and pants when spending long periods of time outdoors. Mosquito repellent is also advised.
Nationally, the virus has accounted for some 375 human cases and at least 18 fatalities, including two from Illinois.