First Human West Nile Virus Case Since 2018 Found in Lake County

(Waukegan, IL) Lake County Health officials say they have encountered the first human case of the West Nile virus in 3 years. A Deerfield man in his 70’s became ill and was diagnosed in late July. This is a first for Lake County since 2018, when there were 8 human cases of the mosquito-borne illness. Illinois Health officials say this is the 3rd diagnosed case in the state this year, with the other two being in Cook County. There hasn’t been a human West Nile death in Lake County, or the state of Illinois, since 2005.

Tim Vander Tuuk, WXLC News (8-18-21)