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Oklahoma reports two more deaths of West Nile virus

(Xinhua)

16:41, August 17, 2012

HOUSTON, Aug. 16 (Xinhua) -- The health department of the U.S. state of Oklahoma confirmed Thursday two more deaths of West Nile virus, bringing the state's death toll to three this week.

The latest two deaths happened this week in Oklahoma County and Seminole County, with both victims being octogenarians, said The Oklahoman, the largest daily newspaper in Oklahoma.

On Tuesday, an Oklahoma County man aged above 80 was confirmed as the first person in the state who died of West Nile virus this year.

The Oklahoma State Department of Health has already issued a public health warning because of an surge in West Nile Virus cases this year.

Since Jan. 1, 2012, there have been 61 confirmed cases of West Nile virus disease, of which, 22 cases were West Nile fever and 39 cases West Nile virus neuroinvasive disease.

The age of patients ranged from 12 to 90, and the health department has warned that people older than 50 are at the highest risk of developing the most severe symptoms.

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