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Bloomington Woman Hospitalized With West Nile

Tue, 01 Oct 2013 15:25:50 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

McLean County has had its first human case of West Nile virus this year. The Health Department says it is a Bloomington woman in her eighties who tested positive during hospitalization in mid-September. She remains under care. So far this year in Illinois there have been 27 human cases of the mosquito borne disease and two deaths. Last year McLean County had one human case of the virus. 66 Counties have reported some indication of West Nile either in birds or mosquito pools. Health Department Director Walt Howe says with cooler weather people are leaving windows open and residents should check for holes in screens to make sure mosquitoes can't get in. The West Nile season lasts until after hard frosts kill off the insects that carry the virus.

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