Indiana Reports First West Nile Virus Death This Year

October 18, 2013

Officials are reporting Indiana’s first death from the West Nile Virus this year. The Indiana State Department of Health confirmed it with the Terre-Haute Tribune Star.

The Department of Health did not release the persons identity, age, or county of residence.

The first human case of the virus this year was reported in Ripley County in July. The state has confirmed twenty cases in 2013.

Other Indiana counties impacted by at least one human form of the West Nile Virus include: Allen, Bartholomew, Clark, Elkhart, Floyd, Hamilton, Lake, Marion, Kosciusko, Porter, Vanderburgh, and Vigo.

The age range of patients are from 16 to 85.

People of all ages can be infected with the virus. Health Officials warn individuals age 50 and over, or those with weakened immune systems, are at greatest risk for severe illness or even death from the virus.




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