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Health officials confirm state's first West Nile virus case of the year reported in Yellow Medicine County


An unidentified man from Yellow Medicine County is Minnesota's first confirmed West Nile virus case of the year.

The Minnesota Department of Health said Tuesday that the patient was hospitalized in late July with West Nile encephalitis.

Dave Neitzel, a Health Department epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes and ticks, said Minnesota has entered the period of highest risk for West Nile virus in humans.

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Anne Polta

Anne Polta covers health care, business/economic development and general assignment. Her HealthBeat blog can be found at Follow her on Twitter at @AnnePolta.

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