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August 27, 2014

State health officials confirm first case of West Nile virus in 2012

The Minnesota Department of Health reports a St. Louis County man tested positive for West Nile after visiting south-central Minnesota in late May, the Northland’s NewsCenter reports. He is currently recovering at a hospital. Minnesotans are urged to protect themselves from this potentially life-threatening disease by taking some simple precautions against mosquito bites.

WCCO notes, Minnesota has reported 465 cases of West Nile since 2002 — 15 were fatal.