Four more cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in MS, bringing the state's total to 30 cases so far this year.
Officials say the latest cases involve a man in his 40s from Middlesex County and a man in his 60s from Bristol County, who remain hospitalized; and a woman in her 20s from Essex County, and a woman in her 80s from Suffolk County who were hospitalized during their illness.
MS reported 63 West Nile cases and two deaths in 2017.
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Though less than one percent of those infected with the virus develop severe illness (some are at higher risk, including people aged 60 or older, or with compromised immune systems or underlying medical conditions) eight have died from the virus this year.
Additional information about West Nile virus can be found on the Illinois Department of Public Health's Web site at http://dph.illinois.gov/topics-services/diseases-and-conditions/west-nil. or by contacting the Iroquois County Public Health Department at 815-432-2483. Most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms. Most human cases occur in August and September.
Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.