Elderly Garfield County man second confirmed victim of West Nile virus in Oklahoma in 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- The Oklahoma Health Department says a second person has died of the West Nile virus so far this year.

A spokeswoman for the agency, Christie McDonald-Hamm, said Thursday that the latest victim was a Garfield County man who was more than 80 years old. She says the man was hospitalized when he died.

The Health Department reported the first death from the mosquito-borne disease in 2013 earlier this month. The victim was an Oklahoma County woman who was 70 to 79 years old.

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The agency says 29 other Oklahomans have been infected by the disease this year.

The virus was first recorded in Oklahoma in 2002, when 15 cases were confirmed. It reached a record high for the state last year, when 178 cases were confirmed and 15 people died.

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