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El Paso Reports 1st West Nile Death

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EL PASO (AP) — A West Texas city has reported its first West Nile virus death of the year to push the statewide fatality count to at least 44.

The City of El Paso Department of Public Health on Wednesday confirmed a 77-year-old man had died of the West Nile virus. His name and further details on the death were not immediately released.

The agency says it’s the worst year ever for West Nile deaths in the state. Texas health officials say the state had 40 West Nile deaths in 2003.

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