Sixth death due to West Nile virus reported in Hendricks County

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Another person in Hendricks County has died due to the West Nile virus, announced health officials Wednesday.

The Indiana State Department of Health said the case was reported to the department late September. Health officials said this year is the third highest year of reported West Nile cases with the number reaching 61. In 2002, the health department received reports of 293 cases and 80 cases in 2006. Just last year, only 13 cases were reported.

The health department said the cases of West Nile are decreasing as the fall season approaches.

The virus was the cause for two deaths in Marion County, and more than 50 cases were reported in numerous counties across the state.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention characterized the current West Nile outbreak as the largest ever seen in the United States.

West Nile virus usually causes affected individuals to have a fever, headache, body aches, swollen lymph glands or a rash. Some individuals could develop a more severe form of the disease with encephalitis or meningitis.