1 death, 4 new cases of West Nile virus reported in Nevada
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CORRECTION ON 10/8/12: According to the SNHD, the horse that contracted the West Nile virus was not euthanized.
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Four new cases of West Nile virus in humans have been discovered in Clark County and the first person that contracted the virus has died, according to the Southern Nevada Health District.
The first case was reported in September. That case involved a 75-year-old woman who was hospitalized and has since died.
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.