The Illinois Department of Public Health has confirmed the first human case of the West Nile Virus for the state this year.
In a press release provided to 970 WMAY News, IDPH confirmed that the Chicago Department of Public Health reported that a woman in her 70s became ill last month.
A bird collected in Henry County on May 29th and a mosquito sample collected in Madison County on May 30th were the first positive West Nile results of this year. So far, the virus has been reported in birds, mosquitoes, and - now - a single human case in 32 of the state's 102 counties. At this time last year, West Nile had been reported in 49 counties.