3rd death due to West Nile

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) – Health officials say an Indianapolis resident has died from the West Nile virus, the third confirmed Indiana death this year from the mosquito-borne illness.

The death reported Thursday was the second reported in Marion County. Officials announced the death of another Indianapolis resident on Aug. 27, and the death of an Evansville-area resident on Aug. 15.

State officials say West Nile transmission within the mosquito population is higher than in previous years and that Indiana residents should take steps to protect themselves. Mosquitoes carrying the virus have been found in at least 67 Indiana counties so far this year.

The health department recorded one death from the disease in each of the last two years. The first human cases in Indiana occurred in 2002, when 11 people died.