First human case of West Nile in Illinois reported by health officials

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SPRINGFIELD - Illinois' first human case of West Nile Virus this year has been reported by state health officials.

The Chicago Department of Public Health made the announcement on Monday, stating that a woman in her 70's contracted the illness last month.  The woman's case was reported to the state by the department.

Health officials say that it's a good idea to use insect repellent when outdoors, even if you don't see many mosquitoes, as those that carry the virus aren't very noticeable.

Officials say another way to reduce risk is to eliminate standing water that accumulates in places around your home, like bird baths, as mosquitoes use that water to breed.

In Illinois last year, 11 deaths were attributed to West Nile virus, while 117 cases were reported.

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