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2nd case of St. Louis encephalitis confirmed in S. Nevada

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A week after health officials confirmed the first case of St. Louis encephalitis in Southern Nevada in nine years, another human case was confirmed Friday.

According to Southern Nevada Health District, a man who is 50 years of age or older contracted the illness but was not diagnosed with the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the disease. SNHD did not disclose the man's condition or whether he was hospitalized.

On August 26, SNHD similarly described the first human case of St. Louis encephalitis this year as a man who is 50 years of age or older. He was infected by the more serious, neuroinvasive form of the virus. However, the person was released from the hospital after treatment.

Earlier this year, the health district cautioned the public of a potential spoke in the number of mosquitoes infected with St. Louis encephalitis.

Most people infected by this strain of encephalitis either never get sick or have mild illness with fever and headache.

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