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2 human West Nile cases confirmed in Clark County

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An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin in a file photo, date and location not known, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AP Photo/USDA, File) An aedes aegypti mosquito is shown on human skin in a file photo, date and location not known, from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. (AP Photo/USDA, File)
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Health officials confirmed Wednesday the first human cases of West Nile virus this year in Clark County a day after they announced the year's first cases in mosquitoes.

According to the Southern Nevada Health District, two patients – a 60-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man – were identified as the first human cases in 2013.

The woman was hospitalized with a more serious form of the illness while the man was diagnosed with a less serious form, SNHD said.

On Tuesday, SNHD reported mosquitoes in the 89014 zip code tested positive for West Nile, making it possible other infected mosquitoes are present throughout the Las Vegas valley.

In 2012, eight people were infected with West Nile. One of those people died as a result.

The health district emphasized prevention in stopping the spread of West Nile. For more information on prevention tips, you can visit www.snhd.info.

Stay tuned to FOX5 for the latest on this developing story.

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