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Illinois reports 51st West Nile case

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Oct 07, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- The number of Illinois residents with mosquito-borne West Nile virus rose to 51 Thursday with confirmation of two more infections.

A 52-year-old suburban Chicago man was hospitalized with West Nile fever in mid-September and has since been released, said Dr. Eric E. Whitaker, state public health director. A 66-year-old Kankakee County man became ill in late August and remains hospitalized with West Nile encephalitis.

The state's 51 confirmed human cases of West Nile disease include the deaths of a 61-year-old Chicago-area woman Sept. 23 and a 58-year-old DuPage County man who died of West Nile encephalitis Sept. 1.

Illinois led the nation with 884 human West Nile cases, including 66 deaths in 2002, but the number of confirmed cases in the state declined to 54 in 2003, including one death.

As of Tuesday, the national Centers for Disease Control had confirmed 1,865 human cases of West Nile disease in 2004, including 59 deaths.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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