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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A second person has died from the West Nile virus in North Carolina.

Officials with the Cabarrus County Health Alliance confirmed Wednesday a 77-year-old woman died after complications from West Nile virus several days ago.

A Wayne County man died from the illness on Aug. 14.

State health officials say three other cases have been reported Forsyth, Mecklenburg and Scotland counties.

Health officials recommend eliminating standing water in places like flower pots, discarded containers, gutters and kiddie pools.

People also should keep window screens and panes in good condition. They also recommend people wear long sleeves, pants and socks.

Some of the symptoms of West Nile virus include fever, headache and a stiff neck.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported a 40 percent increase in cases last week.

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