The man became ill in late August. He was hospitalized but was released and is recovering, according to a statement from the health department.
The virus is widespread in suburban Cook County with 208 mosquito pools and five dead birds having tested positive for West Nile virus.
“As expected, with the recent dry hot weather, there is an increased risk for West Nile virus infection throughout suburban Cook County,” said Terry Mason, CCDPH chief operating officer, in a statement.
To reduce chances of exposure, the health department recommends:
- Remove standing water around your home in pet bowls, flower pots, old tires, baby pools and toys. Water that is allowed to stagnate for three or four days becomes a breeding ground for mosquitoes.
- Fit doors and windows with tight screens and repair any tears or other openings.
- Keep weeds and grass cut short and keep gutters clean and free of debris.
- Repel misquotes when outdoors between dusk and dawn, cover skin with lightly colored lose fitting clothing and use mosquito repellent with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus. Always follow the directions on the label.
- Dennis Robaugh