It doesn't usually happen this early, but the first human case of West Nile Virus infection has been confirmed in Illinois. Normally, human cases start popping up in late July or into August, but the State Department of Public Health says a teen in West Central Illinois became severely ill in May.
Spokesman Melaney Arnold says while the virus isn't usually serious, it's not something to mess around with.
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Last year there were 77 human cases of West Nile, including nine deaths. Arnold says the best way to protect yourself is to wear insect repellant.