State health officials say a second person has died from the West Nile virus, with a total of five cases confirmed so far.
Confirmed cases have been reported in Wayne, Cabarrus, Forsyth, Mecklenburg, and Scotland counties.
Howard Best of Wayne County became the first confirmed death in seven years because of the virus which has is spread by mosquitoes. He died on August 9th.
The state has not released where the second death occurred. "While the Division of Public Health has only confirmed cases of West Nile in these five counties, we want to encourage everyone to protect themselves, especially at this time of year, when mosquitoes are most active," Dr. Gerald said. "West Nile, and other mosquito-borne illness, can occur in any county in North Carolina."