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Two Riverine residents who fell ill earlier this year have now been diagnosed with the Japanese encephalitis virus. New cases announced by NSW Health on Friday increased the total number of infected to 34, out of 10 of those living in NSW. A statement from NSW Health confirmed that a young man from Carratul County, whose infection began in January, was the ninth case in the state. The 10th case in the state was confirmed yesterday: a 70-year-old man from Lockhart-Shear, whose infection began in late February. The Japanese encephalitis virus is unique to Southeast Asia, the Western Pacific and the Torres Strait, but the outbreak has reached New Wales, Victoria, Queensland and South Australia. The virus can infect animals such as pigs and horses, and is spread by mosquitoes. However, it cannot be transmitted between people or become infected when eating pork. According to the Federal Department of Health, less than 1 percent of infected patients are likely to develop symptoms. IN OTHER NEWS: Our journalists are working hard to bring local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can access our trusted content:

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