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September 10, 2013 02:51 PM

South Dakota Reports Second Death From West Nile Virus

A second South Dakotan has died in what state health officials say is one of the most serious West Nile Season in years.

That's because, according to state epidemiologist Dr. Lon Kightlinger, while fewer people are contracting the mosquito-borne virus, those who are are sicker than patients in previous years. In fact, 62 percent of those infected with West Nile have been hospitalized because of their symptoms. That's more than twice the rate in an average year.

The latest death was a Tripp County resident in their 80s.

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