The first human case of West Nile infection in Central Illinois is being confirmed by the state department of public health. The patient is a man in his 50's from Tazewell County who became ill earlier this month, and is just the second human case reported so far this summer. The first was a woman from McHenry County.
But public health spokesperson Melaney Arnold says more are likely to pop up.
Last year in Illinois, 290 people were infected with West Nile and 12 died. So far in 2013, the virus has been seen in either birds or mosquito batches in 52 Illinois counties.