First West Nile Virus Death In State

By: AP
By: AP

Nevada's first death associated with West Nile Virus, an Elko County resident who wasn't named, has been reported by the state Health Division.
Alex Haartz, the division administrator, described the victim as
a person over the age of 50. He adds that there have been 183
confirmed cases of Nevadans infected by the virus since it was
first detected in the state in 2003. Cases have occurred in all 17
counties.
While temperatures are cooling, Dr. Bradford Lee, the state
health officer, says mosquito season isn't over and people should
take necessary precautions.
Mosquitos get the virus by feeding on infected birds and can
then pass it on to other birds, and occasionally to other animals
and people.


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