Cook County reports 1st West Nile case of year

CHICAGO (AP) — Health officials say a man from the suburban Chicago village of Oak Lawn has West Nile virus. He is the first human case in Cook County this year.

The county’s Department of Public Health announced the case Wednesday and reminds the public to practice prevention measures. The man, who is in his 50s, was hospitalized. He’s now out of the hospital and recovering.

Mosquitoes carry the virus. People can reduce their exposure by using repellent and making sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. It’s also a good idea to remove standing water from around homes. Stagnant water is a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

McHenry, Tazewell and Morgan counties have also reported human cases this year.

Last year, Illinois saw 290 human cases and 12 deaths from West Nile.

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