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West Nile Virus Claims Life of Delaware Co. Man

The 64-year-old man is the second Hoosier to die from West Nile Virus in 2017.

DELAWARE CO., Ind. --- West Nile Virus has claimed the life of a Delaware County man.

Hubert "Danny" Duncan, 64, died Saturday at IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital, according to The Muncie Star-Press. His symptoms included heart attack and coma. 

Duncan is the second person to die from West Nile Virus in Indiana this year.

The virus is transmitted by a mosquito bite, but it is unclear when Duncan was bitten or when he began feeling ill. Symptoms usually appear three to 15 days after being bitten.

Most people bitten by an infected mosquito suffer from West Nile Fever, which the Indiana State Department of Health calls "a milder form of the illness" and can include headache, fever, body aches, or a rash. People over the age of 50, like Duncan, are at greatest risk for serious illness or death.

Learn more about West Nile Virus, and how to avoid it, here

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