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April 19, 2014

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Fifth person in Clark County contracts West Nile virus

More cases of the West Nile virus in Clark County continue to roll in, as the Southern Nevada Health District announced Monday that another person contacted the potentially fatal virus.

A person over the age of 50 contracted the virus sometime over the past few days, district Public Information Officer Stephanie Bethel said. No additional information about the woman was available, but Bethel said she had contacted a more serious form of the illness.

Five people have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus this summer, resulting in one death and two hospitalizations. Eight people were infected with the virus in 2012, when one person was killed as a result; 11 people were infected in 2011, the district reported.

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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