The Chicago Department of Public Health on Thursday reported this year’s first case of West Nile virus in a Chicago resident. The Chicago man in his mid-60s lives on the city’s Northwest Side and has been hospitalized, according to a news release from the department. Chicago’s public health department saw 13 reported human cases of West Nile virus but no deaths. West Nile virus cannot be spread from person to person and symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches lasting from a few days to a few weeks, according to the news release. Chicagoans can prevent mosquito bites by using “insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin, IR3535, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus,” eliminating standing water, keeping grass trimmed and wearing loose-fitting, light-colored clothing when outdoors, according to the news release.
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