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One Death, Four New Cases Of West Nile In Nevada

(Las Vegas, NV) — The West Nile virus is being blamed for another death, this time in Nevada.

Nevada health officials say a 75-year-old woman, who contracted the virus in September, has died from complications related to West Nile.

As of the end of September, 38 percent of all West Nile human cases came from Texas.

Four new cases of West Nile virus in humans have been discovered in Clark County, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.

The new cases include a 25-year-old woman with the more neuroinvasive form of the illness; a 52-year-old man with the less serious form of the illness; a 68-year-old woman and a 64-year old man, both with the more serious neuroinvasive form the illness and both of whom are hospitalized.

In addition, a second West Nile-positive mosquito pool has been located in the 89145 zip code. Positive mosquitoes were previously reported in the 89107 zip code.

Also, the Nevada Department of Agriculture reported that a horse in the 89130  zip code contracted the virus and was euthanized.

The number of human cases of West Nile virus nationwide has soared to over 3,500 through the end of September, with nearly 150 deaths, the highest amount of cases since 2003.


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