West Nile Update

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Two more deaths have been linked to West Nile virus.

The Illinois Department of Public Health reports Tuesday that a 71-year-old man from Effingham County died Sunday and a 79-year-old woman from Moultrie County died Aug. 29.

Public health officials also report that there are 44 new cases of the illness in humans.

Illinois has reported nine deaths among 165 cases of the mosquito-borne virus this year.