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West Nile victim has Alabama ties

Bill Brady died after he was bitten by a mosquito while doing yard work . Bill Brady died after he was bitten by a mosquito while doing yard work .
ARAB, AL (WAFF) -

According to the Centers for Disease Control, 118 deaths across the country are being blamed for recent West Nile virus outbreak.

Bill Brady recently died of West Nile virus, his daughter-in-law, Pamela Taylor Brady is from Arab. She lives in Hilton, Oklahoma now, near Norman.

77-year-old Bill Brady was bitten by a mosquito while doing outdoor work. His family said he died within a few days. Pamela Brady said she and her family are pushing lawmakers to allocate the money, resources and research to develop better testing and a vaccine.

"We had several doctors tell us it would take large numbers of deaths from this disease for the pharmaceutical companies to come out with a vaccine or a medication to treat it after you develop the disease itself," Pamela said.

She works in a doctor's office and said it takes only 15 minutes to find out if you have the flu, but it still takes five to seven days to detect West Nile.

According to the Alabama Department of Public Health there has been a total of 12 confirmed human cases of West Nile virus in the state.

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