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Monday, August 20, 2012

West Nile blamed in death of Illinois man as U.S. battles virus

CNN) -- An Illinois man died from West Nile complications over the weekend as the United States battles its biggest spike in the virus since 2004.

William J. Mueller was hospitalized for two weeks and died Saturday, according to the website for the village of Lombard, a Chicago suburb.

Mueller, 76, was Lombard's president, a post he held for almost two decades.

This year's U.S. outbreak of West Nile, which is spread through infected mosquitoes, is one of the worst since the virus was first detected in the United States in 1999, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said. Read More