Culex tarsalis mosquito

The West Nile virus is spread by the Culex tarsalis mosquito. (U.S. Centres for Disease Control)

A Saskatchewan resident has died after contracting the West Nile virus.

Health officials will not say if the person who died is one of the previous cases they have discussed.

Last month, they said a man in his early 60s was in hospital with the most serious form of the infection: West Nile neurological syndrome.

More serious cases of the illness can result in paralysis or death.

There are nine cases of West Nile virus in the province right now. The virus is spread by mosquitoes.

A warm September kept mosquitoes around longer than usual, but health officials say with cooler temperatures, the risk right now is low.