(AP) -- Six people have died of West Nile virus in Illinois as the number of human cases
continues to climb.
The Illinois Department of Public Health is
tracking cases of the mosquito-borne disease and updated its count Wednesday.
The agency says the virus has sickened 179 people in Illinois this year.
In contrast, Illinois saw 34 cases last year when three
This year's mild winter, early spring and
very hot summer created excellent breeding conditions for the mosquito that
carries West Nile. Federal health officials
have said that infections are expected to continue into October, although the
height of mosquito season has passed.
Most people infected with West Nile won't get sick, but about one in 150 will
develop the severe form of the illness.