2 more deaths linked to West Nile; total now 8

4:58 PM, Sep 18, 2012   |    comments
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DETROIT (AP) -- Michigan Department of Community Health officials say two more Michigan residents have died after contracting West Nile Virus, the eighth human fatalities from the mosquito-borne disease in the state this year.

The deaths reported Tuesday in the department's weekly summary include an 87-year-old Macomb County man and a 65-year-old Ogemaw County man. State health officials say the fatalities are part of five new reported West Nile cases.

Officials tell The Macomb Daily of Mount Clemens the 87-year-old man died earlier this month in Macomb County.

As of Tuesday, 160 cases have been reported statewide. The state says there were 34 cases and two deaths in 2011. 

At least 1,405 serious illnesses and 118 deaths from West Nile have been reported nationwide.

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