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December 20, 2014

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One dead, two hospitalized from West Nile virus in Nevada

The Southern Nevada Health District reported on Wednesday that one person has died from West Nile virus this year and two other people have been hospitalized with the virus.

There have been four reported cases of the virus in 2013. A 77-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman were both hospitalized with a serious, neuroinvasive form of the illness, health officials said.

Most West Nile virus cases occur during the summer, officials said. The virus is spread through bites from infected mosquitoes and typically causes mild symptoms such as fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes.

West Nile-positive mosquitoes have been detected in Henderson’s Green Valley neighborhood. Officials encourage people to use insect repellants and eliminate standing water, which supports mosquito breeding, to prevent being infected.

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  1. July 2 I read there were infected mosquitoes found in Henderson. July 3 I read there were 2 people infected.

    Today I read there is 1 poor soul dead, 2 unfortunate seniors are hospitalized and 4 reported cases total. It feels odd like a gap of missed time or something. I guess these dreadful events just make us feel a little too vulnerable and powerless.