State reports 1st West Nile death for 2007

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

State health officials say a Floyd County resident has died from the West Nile virus, the first reported death from the mosquito-borne illness this year.

The agency did not release the person's name or any other details.

The department also reported that two new human cases of West Nile, one each in Lake and Vanderburgh counties. They bring to 10 the number of confirmed infections in Indiana this year.

Health officials say the hot, dry weather this summer is perfect for the mosquitoes that carry the virus. Those over age 50 are at greatest risk from the virus.

There were 80 cases of West Nile in humans reported in Indiana last year, with five deaths.

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