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Va. reports 1st West Nile virus death in 2012

Wednesday - 9/12/2012, 9:35am  ET

Editor's Note: Maryland and the District have also reported deaths due to West Nile virus. Learn more in the Related Reports section at right.

The Baltimore Sun reports Baltimore, Anne Arundel and Prince George's counties will be sprayed for mosquitoes. Health officials warn residents to take precautions against the worst West Nile Virus season since the discovery of the disease in 1999, the Sun reports.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia health officials are reporting the state's first human West Nile virus death this year.

The Virginia Department of Health says in a news release that the patient was an older adult in northwest Virginia. The department didn't provide details.

As of Tuesday, a total nine cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the state. They include four in northwest Virginia, two in northern Virginia, two in central Virginia and one in southwest Virginia.

According to the department, the number of human cases isn't unusual. There was one West Nile death in 2011 and one in 2010. A total nine human cases were reported in 2011. One to five cases were reported annually from 2006 to 2010.

West Nile is commonly spread by mosquitoes infected with the virus.


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