3rd DuPage West Nile death reported
By Susan Frick Carlman firstname.lastname@example.org September 25, 2012 8:08AM
Updated: October 27, 2012 6:12AM
The West Nile virus has now claimed at least four lives in Illinois, three of them DuPage County residents.
The DuPage Health Department announced Monday that the mosquito-borne infection had sickened 25 residents — 20 percent of the statewide count — and caused the death of a third person in the county.
Privacy regulations prevent public health agencies from providing much individual detail about the viral activity, but the county agency said those who have been diagnosed with the virus live in Naperville as well as Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Villa Park and Westmont.
As the week began, 125 cases had been reported statewide.
In addition to the three DuPage deaths, the Kane County Health Department reported that a 64-year-old Elgin man passed away from complications of the virus in mid-August.
The first two DuPage County deaths were that of Bill Mueller, Lombard’s longtime village president, who was the first in the state to die from West Nile when he passed away Aug. 18, and a still-unidentified man in his mid-40s who succumbed about the same time.
DuPage also was the first county to report a fatality from the virus in the record outbreak of 2002, when 67 people in the state eventually would be killed by West Nile. The Illinois Department of Public Health announced the death of the 67-year-old man in mid-August of that year. It wasn’t until February 2003 when the final tallies were in, showing 884 state residents had been afflicted by the virus during the season.