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Manitoba man dies from West Nile virus

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A man in his 80s has died as a result of West Nile virus, Manitoba Health reported today.

The man, whose identity and home town are not being released, had West Nile virus neurological syndrome, a rare but more serious condition caused by the virus.

Health officials say the man was likely exposed to West Nile virus in the Interlake-Eastern Health Region during the first half of August.

Human cases of West Nile virus were first reported in Manitoba in 2003. This is the first death reported since January 2008 and the eighth death since the province began collecting this information.

The province previously reported this year's first human case of West Nile virus infection on Aug. 22, involving a woman in her 40s who experienced mild symptoms.

Recent reports from the province show a big decline in the number of Culex tarsalis mosquitoes, which carry the West Nile virus.

 

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