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First two West Nile virus deaths reported this year in Los Angeles County

First two West Nile virus deaths reported this year in Los Angeles County

Health officials have confirmed this year’s first two deaths from West Nile virus in Los Angeles County and are calling on all residents to remain vigilant during peak mosquito season in Southern California.

Two men, both from the San Fernando Valley, were hospitalized in August and died from West Nile-associated encephalitis, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. The department described the men as elderly but did not release their names, ages or other identifying information.

September has been the peak month for human West Nile virus infections in recent years, officials noted, with cases...

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