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Officials: Glen Ellyn Resident Among West Nile Virus Cases

The number of DuPage County residents who contracted West Nile virus has increased and another death related to the virus was confirmed Wednesday.

Officials confirmed Wednesday a Glen Ellyn resident is among the 28 people in DuPage County who have contracted West Nile virus.

The number of deaths related to the West Nile virus has also increased to four, according to the DuPage County Health Department. Earlier in the week the health department confirmed three deaths in the county from the virus.

Confirmed cases are expected to increase even though the weather should begin to slow activity of the mosquitoes which spread the disease, said David Hass, public information officer for the health department.

A number of cases of the virus were reported several weeks ago, but confirmation takes time, he said.

Hass said he could not confirm where the deaths had occured due to the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

Cold weather slows the activity of the mosquitoes and the number of cases being reported is expected to slow as well, he said. 

To date, those affected by the virus range in age from the 20s to 70s, and reside in Addison, Bloomingdale, Carol Stream, Downers Grove, Elmhurst, Glen Ellyn, Hinsdale, Lisle, Lombard, Naperville, Villa Park and Westmont.  

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