Updated: December 10, 2012 6:23AM
The Kane County Health Department announced that a 64-year-old Aurora man is the latest person in the county reported to have contracted the West Nile virus in 2012.
He brings to 12 the number of people reported to have been infected this year, the most in Kane County since 2007.
The latest victim was hospitalized and has since been discharged, the county health department said.
The department stopped West Nile monitoring activities last month with the onset of the cold weather, but continues to report any new cases each week.
The Illinois Public Health Department has recorded 245 cases statewide this year, including 10 deaths, as compared to 34 cases and three deaths last year.
West Nile disease is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no clinical symptoms of illness, but some may become ill three to 14 days after the bite of an infected mosquito. Only about two persons out of 10 who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness. Illness from West Nile is usually mild and includes fever, headache and body aches, but serious illness, such as encephalitis and meningitis, and death are possible. Persons older than 50 have the highest risk of severe disease, according to the health department.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found at www.kanehealth.com/west_nile.htm.