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West Nile Virus Still A Threat

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The Oklahoma Department of Health says three more people have died from the West Nile virus.

Statistics provided by the agency on Friday indicate that two of the latest victims were Oklahoma County residents. One was a man more than 80 years old and the other was a woman between the age of 60 and 70. The third victim was an Ellis County man who was more than 80 years old.

In all, five people — two women and three men — have died from the West Nile virus so far this year. All were hospitalized at the time of death. The Health Department says another 33 Oklahomans have been sickened by the mosquito-borne virus.

Last year, 178 cases of the West Nile virus were confirmed and 15 people died.

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