By Tim Jimenez
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local man is dead and officials say West Nile virus is to blame. It is the first West Nile related death in Pennsylvania this year.
A Bucks County man, diagnosed on August 20th, has died, according to officials with the state’s West Nile Virus Control Program.
Officials would not immediately confirm the man’s age or where he lived. So far this year, six other people in Pennsylvania are reported to have been infected with West Nile, including two Delaware County women, a woman in Philadelphia and a Montgomery County man.
As for New Jersey, Camden County officials confirm two new cases, bringing the total to four in the county. The latest infected are a 57-year-old woman and a 39-year-old man (read related story). In August, New Jersey reported two West Nile deaths, one a 78-year old Gloucester County woman.
And as officials are trying to control the spread of the virus, they’re urging residents to get rid of standing water and for people to do their best to reduce the risk of getting mosquito bites.