- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The St. Tammany Parish coroner says a 70-year-old Slidell man has died of a stroke and West Nile virus.

Dr. Charles Preston says it’s impossible to tell whether the conditions were related.

It’s apparently Louisiana’s third West Nile death this year and at least the fifth ever in St. Tammany Parish.

Preston says the man died Thursday. He was admitted to a hospital Sept. 7 with stroke symptoms and diagnosed Sept. 14 with West Nile.

At least four other St. Tammany Parish residents have died from the virus: one in 2006 and three in 2002.

The state health department says 54 cases had been reported by Sept. 27. It says 33 of those people had dangerous infections of the nervous system, and two of them had died.

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