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Second elderly person dies of West Nile Virus in LA County

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Another person has died from West Nile Virus in Los Angeles County, the second this year.

The L.A. County Department of Public Health confirmed the latest death on Tuesday. Both victims were elderly adults who lived in the southeastern part of the county.

Jonathan Fielding, L.A. County’s director of public health, said 54 people in the county have become sick from the virus.  

“The number overall of cases has been higher than in the last few years, and it appears to be increasing," Fielding said. "Our hope is that, in the next month or so, that it will decline as it does when the weather gets cooler."

Fielding noted that the vast majority of people who contract the virus don’t feel any symptoms.

West Nile Virus is passed to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.

With contributions from AP

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