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State confirms first death from West Nile virus

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The Minnesota Department of Health has confirmed the state's first West Nile virus death this year, KSTP-TV reports.

Officials did not reveal any details about the victim, only to say he was man from greater Minnesota.

There have been 16 confirmed human cases of the West Nile virus reported in Minnesota so far this year, scattered across 13 counties in the state.

The first case reported in the state was in late July in Murray County, which is in southwest Minnesota.

The state released a map Monday of the confirmed cases of the mosquito-borne illness, with Stearns County having the most cases so far with three. Brown County is next with two cases.

Anoka County has one case that resulted from a blood donation.

Hennepin County has no confirmed cases so far.

Last year, 70 cases West Nile virus cases were reported in the state and one death.

Most of the cases last year were reported in the southwest corner of the state.

See KSTP's discussion about the virus with a Metropolitan Mosquito Control District official below.

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