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West Nile Virus Death Alberta: Person In Southern Alberta Dies From Virus, First Since 2007

10/12/2012 02:35 EDT | Updated 12/12/2012 05:12 EST
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CONCORD, CA - MAY 09: Dead mosquitos are seen on the surface of a neglected pool at a foreclosed home May 9, 2008 in Concord, California. As home foreclossures continue to rise, neglected pools in foreclosed homes are becoming breeding grounds for mosquitos which may carry the West Nile virus. The Contra Costa County Mosquito and Vector District has seen a spike in calls from concerned citizens about abandoned pools and responds by treating the pools with chemicals and the release of fish that eat mosquito larvae. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
EDMONTON - A person has died from the West Nile virus in southern Alberta.

Alberta Health Services says it's the first death related to the virus since 2007.

Ten cases of the infection have been reported in Alberta this year.

Alberta Health Services is not releasing any information about the person who died, nor will it say anything about the other nine cases.

The government agency will only say that there were seven cases in the south zone, and one each in the Calgary, central and north zones.

Ontario has had four deaths attributed to West Nile this year.

Public Health Ontario says there have been 220 confirmed and probable cases in the province as of Sept. 25.

The Public Health Agency of Canada says that as of Sept. 29 there were 386 reported clinical cases of West Nile virus across the country. That was up from 102 cases in 2011.

Mosquito bites can result in two different forms of West Nile infection: non-neurological syndrome and the potentially fatal neurological syndrome. The latter can cause tremors, drowsiness, confusion, difficulty swallowing, high fever, unconsciousness and paralysis.

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