A Chicago resident died of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus.The death marks the first West Nile virus-related fatality in the state this year, Illinois health officials announced this week.
The resident, who was not identified, first fell ill in mid-September and subsequently tested positive for the disease, officials with the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) said in a news release. “Although we are already into fall, West Nile virus remains a risk until the first hard frost,” IDPH Director Dr.
Ngozi Ezike said in a statement. “It’s important for everyone to continue taking precautions such as using insect repellent, wearing long-sleeve shirts and pants, and staying indoors between dusk and dawn.” West Nile virus, which was.