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MDH: 2nd Death Connected With West Nile Reported

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — A second person has died in connection with West Nile virus, according to the latest numbers reported by the Minnesota Department of Health.

According to the newest figures, which were released late last week, there are now 29 cases of confirmed West Nile in the state of Minnesota.

The updated numbers include a number of cases where the virus was detected in blood donors.

The counties with the most reported cases were Stearns and Otter Tail, which have both seen three confirmed cases this year.

Aside from 2012, which saw 103 cases overall, these numbers mark the worst year since 2007, which had 116 confirmed cases.

The Minnesota Department of Health says West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease.

Health officials are urging Minnesotans to protect themselves by routinely using mosquito repellents and taking other precautions against mosquito bites.

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