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First case of West Nile reported in Illinois, this year

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CHICAGO, Ill. (WTVO) — The Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) confirmed the first case of West Nile in Illinois for the year.

A man in his 70s became ill in late July and is reported having West Nile.

Last year, the agency reported 176 cases including 17 deaths.

Some symptoms of the West Nile include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

The IDPH said to remember to use the “three R’s” to keep mosquitoes away.

First “R” being reduce, make sure doors and windows have tight fitting screens. Repel, wear long shirts and pants, and don’t forget to use repellent. Lastly, report a stagnant body of water in places like roadside ditches and yards.

Local health departments can add insecticides to the water to kill mosquito larvae.

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