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Two die from West Nile in past month

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Central Texas health officials have confirmed that two people have died of West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease, a more serious form of West Nile Virus.

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department confirmed that the two patients died on October 31 and November 6. The onset of the illness took place on September 21 and September 17.

Both victims were over 50 with and underlying health conditions which matches the CDC's profile for those with the highest risk of illness.

Travis County had not had any reported cases of West Nile Virus in humans since 2008 until this July. It had not had a reported fatality since 2007. Since July, officials have investigated 142 cases of confirmed and probable West Nile Virus. Five deaths have been attributed to West Nile Virus.

Officials say that the cooler weather moving into Central Texas has decreased mosquito activity in recent weeks. The last onset of illness due to West Nile Virus took place on October 10.

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