DuPage confirms 2nd West Nile case
(MCT) — A second DuPage County resident has a confirmed case of West Nile virus, with more cases expected to be confirmed in the coming days, the DuPage County Health Department announced Thursday.
A man in his 50s from Villa Park is the most recent confirmed case. Earlier this week, the county Health Department announced that a Downers Grove woman in her 50s was the first reported confirmed human case of the virus in the county.
Health Department spokesman David Hass said he did not know the conditions of those diagnosed. He said additional reports have been received and confirmation is expected in the "coming days."
This summer's hot, dry weather has been conducive to the type of mosquito that carries the virus, he said.
"The middle of August is exactly when they expect the numbers to be peaking," he said.
Statewide there are a total of 11 confirmed human cases this year, not including the one reported Thursday, said Illinois Department of Public Health spokeswoman Melaney Arnold. There have been no deaths. The state Health Department reports on the numbers every Wednesday afternoon. So far, 10 of the 11 reported cases are in Cook County, she said.
Still, those numbers might not reflect all the human cases there are. Sometimes there is a lag in the reporting process, Hass said.
Officials in Lombard say the village president, William Mueller, 76, is fighting West Nile virus and also blood cancer, but Hass said he had no information about that case.
Village Finance Director Tim Sexton said Mueller remained in intensive care Thursday in Elmhurst Memorial Hospital.
Nationally, in 2012 there have been 693 reported cases of the virus in people, including 26 deaths. Almost half of all the cases have been reported from Texas, according to figures updated Tuesday from theU.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
People older than 50 and those with medical conditions including cancer, diabetes, hypertension, kidney disease and organ transplants are at greatest risk for serious illness from the West Nile virus, which is transmitted to people by infected mosquitoes.