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Bolingbrook Woman Diagnosed with West Nile Virus

Will County now has three confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus this summer, including from Bolingbrook, Crest Hill and Romeoville.

A Bolingbrook woman in her mid-50s has been diagnosed with West Nile Virus, according to the Will County Health Department. 

She was hospitalized Sept. 1, two days after reporting fever, headaches, vomiting, and visual complaint. She was discharged from hospital Sept. 6, and her illness has been classified as West Nile Virus fever.

Two human cases -- one in Bolingbrook and one in Crest Hill -- were reported Tuesday. That brings Will County's West Nile Virus count to three. 

A Romeoville woman was diagnosed with West Nile Virus last month. She is in her early 40s and reportedly experienced a range of symptoms, including a fever, stiff neck, rash, acute sensitivity to light and confusion. She was hospitalized Aug. 7 and discharged Aug. 15. 

A Crest Hill man in his late 60s was hospitalized Aug. 26, three days after reporting head aches, fever, a rash, back pain, confusion, and an altered mental state. He was discharged from hospital Aug. 30, and his illness is classified as West Nile Virus encephalitis.

No additional information about the new confirmations is available. 

Through Sept. 17, 95 Illinois residents had been confirmed as WNV-positive. The 2012 Illinois case count represents an increase of more than 179 percent over 2011 levels.

Nationally, human WNV cases are up more than 270 percent over 2011 levels, and fatalities have increased by more than 174 percent. Six states (including Michigan), have accounted for nearly 67 percent of the national case count.

Moderating temperatures and increased precipitation will help to reduce local WNV activity levels, but the Health Department reminds area residents that mosquito-borne activity will remain a threat until the first hard frost.

Insect repellent containing DEET, or other chemical compounds that deter mosquitoes, are still highly recommended. Mosquitoes that typically carry WNV are a threat any time, but are most active from dusk to early dawn.

READ MORE: 

  • Will County's First Human Case of West Nile Reported in Romeoville
  • CDC Calls West Nile Outbreak 'Largest Ever;' No Human Cases in Will County
  • Downers Grove Woman Diagnosed with West Nile Virus
  • Bolingbrook a 'Continuing West Nile Virus Hot Spot'
stef September 18, 2012 at 04:32 PM
DEET causes cancer. I'd rather take my chances in getting WNV and be in the hospital for a few days than die of cancer in a few years from using DEET.
Caring Citizen September 18, 2012 at 07:47 PM
I know the woman from Romeoville and she was not discharged on Aug. 15th. Not to mention she was on a respirator and almost died, and is right now in a rehab facility for weeks just to re-learn how to do things. Yes, more people die from heart attacks, or high blood pressure, cholesterol, etc. But these things we can mostly control with diet and exercise, etc. West Nile can get you just by having a mosquito get into your house through the door being opened or one guy got it just going out to get his mail at dusk! People need to speak up - we need a vaccine asap! The CDC already has one for horses, tell them to work faster to get one for humans!
Mickey September 24, 2012 at 08:52 PM
You're thinking of DDT
Maureen C September 24, 2012 at 11:58 PM
Excuse me, but you could die or suffer lasting neurological damage from WNV. In my opinion (speaking as a pharmacist), the chances of serious consequences from WNV outweigh the percentages for adversity from DEET. Take your pick, but choose wisely.
Maureen C September 25, 2012 at 12:01 AM
Good point, Mickey -- DEET was developed as a less carcinogenic alternative to DDT.

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