Minnesota's first West Nile virus case reported

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The summer's first Minnesota case of West Nile virus has been reported.

The Star Tribune reported that the state Health Department said Thursday that a man in Murray County in southwestern Minnesota became ill with the mosquito-borne virus this month and is recovering.

Since 2002, there have been 535 cases of West Nile reported to the state Health Department. Sixteen were fatal. There was a surge in cases last year, with 70 cases compared to just 2 the previous summer. One reason for the increase was an early spring last year that resulted in a much longer-than-normal bug season.

Symptoms begin 3 to 15 days after being bitten and can include headache, high fever, rash, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, convulsions, paralysis and coma.

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