2 West Nile cases confirmed in Chicago

September 24, 2008 3:15:58 PM PDT
A second human case of the West Nile virus has been confirmed in Chicago. A 56-year-old man from the Calumet Heights neighborhood on the South Side is the second Chicago resident to be sickened by the virus which is spread by mosquitoes. He remains hospitalized with encephalitis.

The city's first human case was reported Tuesday involving a 54-year-old man from Chicago's North Side. He was hospitalized last week with meningitis and is recovering at home now.

So far this year there have been less than a dozen human cases reported statewide. Last year there were 101 human West Nile cases in Illinois.


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