Jefferson, St. Louis counties report first cases of West Nile virus this yearSeptember 8, 2011
A 49-year-old Jefferson County man developed a severe case of West Nile virus, county health officials said Thursday. State health records show the man was hospitalized, but his current condition is unknown.
Also Thursday, St. Louis County health officials said a Wellston boy was briefly hospitalized after being infected by the virus.
The boy, 12, had a fever for three or four days with nausea and vomiting. His was the first case reported in St. Louis County this year. In 2010, the county reported one case of West Nile virus.
A 48-year-old St. Louis city woman who became infected in August was the first case reported in the state this year. There have been five West Nile virus cases in Illinois this year.
The virus, which is transmitted by mosquitoes, can cause flu-like symptoms. Most people who catch the virus do not develop any symptoms, although in very rare cases it can be fatal.
The St. Louis County health department says the mosquito season won't be over for several weeks and reminds people to get rid of standing water outside and wear repellents.
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