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West Nile death 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)
LAS VEGAS (FOX5) -

One person who fell ill from the West Nile virus has died in Clark County, marking the first such death this year, health officials announced Wednesday.

The announcement came as the Southern Nevada Health District added two more confirmed human cases of West Nile, pushing the total this year to four.

According to SNHD, a 77-year-old man and an 87-year-old woman were hospitalized with the more serious form of the illness.

Health officials did not disclose an identity of the person who died from the virus or where the person is from.

This marked the fifth West Nile-related death in Clark County since 2003, SNHD said.

Earlier this month, officials said 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 July 2, 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.

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

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