State officials are confirming two deaths in central Pennsylvania this year were caused by West Nile Virus. Lancaster Online reports that the Pennsylvania Department of Health says one person in Lebanon County and another in Lancaster died after contracting the mosquito-borne illness. While not everyone infected with West Nile shows physical signs, the virus can be especially dangerous for the elderly and people with compromised immune systems. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that only one-in-five people who contract the virus show symptoms, but for those who do it can mean a fever and other ill reactions.
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