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Woman With West Nile Virus Dies in Clark County

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Southern Nevada health officials say a 75-year-old woman who'd been hospitalized with West Nile virus has died, and four other people in the region have been diagnosed with the illness.

Officials with the Southern Nevada Health District say Tuesday that the woman's case marks the fourth West Nile-related death in Clark County since 2003.

Other patients with the illness include a 25-year-old woman, a 68-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man with the more serious neuroinvasive form of West Nile. A 52-year-old man has been diagnosed with the less serious strain.

The health district also says it's identified West Nile-positive mosquitoes in the 89145 ZIP code. Authorities had previously announced infected mosquitoes in the 89107 ZIP code.

Just last week, a six-year-old horse was confirmed with West Nile in Washoe County. The wild horse was in the Mira Loma, Damonte Ranch wetlands area near Sage Hill Gun Club.

To protect yourself from West Nile Virus, clear areas around your home of free-standing water, make sure mosquitoes can't get into your home, and when you're outside, wear long sleeves and pants, and use deet repellent.

The Health District encourages anyone that owns horses to get them vaccinated.

West Nile activity has been mild, in Nevada, compared to other states. Texas has had at least 43 deaths and more than 510 cases this year.

More information on WNV and the Washoe County Health District's Vector-Borne Disease Prevention Program can be found at www.washoecounty.us/health/ehs/vbdp.html.

(The Associated Press also contributed to this report.)

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