New cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn, Cook County health officials said.
As of Aug. 31, 37 cases of mosquito borne illness were reported in Cook County. Second cases of WNV were reported in Evergreen Park and Oak Lawn, bringing the total of local cases in the southwest suburbs to six, including:
- A patient between the ages of 40-49 in Evergreen Park,
- A child between the ages of 0-9 in Oak Lawn.
Cook County health officials said they would no longer be disclosing the gender of WNV patients, only the age range.
Other local confirmed cases include:
- A Chicago Ridge woman in her 30s
- A man in his 60s in Evergreen Park
- An Oak Lawn man in his 60s
- A man in his 30s in Palos Park,
- And in Oak Forest man in his 40s and a girl in her teens.
and is expected to make a full recovery.
Healthcare facilities are required to report cases to the Cook County Health Department and send laboratory work to the state for confirmation. Poore said there was some delay with the state’s numbers, but that Cook County’s were the most up to date.
The Center for Disease Control said 1,590 human cases of WNV have been reported around the United States, including 65 deaths.
The 1,590 cases is the highest number of West Nile virus disease cases since it was first detected in the United States in 1999.