Batavia teen recovering from West Nile virus
Beacon-News Staff September 4, 2012 9:38AM
Updated: October 6, 2012 1:43PM
A 16-year-old Batavia girl has been confirmed as Kane County’s second case of West Nile virus this season.
The Kane County Health Department said Tuesday the teen reported feeling ill last month but was not hospitalized and has since recovered.
The first case of West Nile virus in Kane this season was an Elgin man who died last month.
The hot, dry summer has been the perfect weather combination for the Culex mosquito, which carries the virus, health officials said. In 2009, a mild summer with cool temperatures, there were no human cases of West Nile reported in Kane County.
West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito that has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird. Only about two out of 10 people who are bitten by an infected mosquito will experience any illness, officials said.
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. People older than 50 have the highest risk of severe disease. The Elgin victim this summer was 64.
Information on West Nile virus can be found at http://kanehealth.com/west_nile.htm.