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Colo. gets its 1st human West Nile case of season

Published On: Jul 03 2013 05:23:49 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 03 2013 05:36:57 PM CDT


Colorado health officials say a Delta County resident has the state's first reported human case of West Nile virus this season.

The state health department said Wednesday that the person became ill with the mosquito-borne disease 11 days after getting numerous mosquito bites at an outdoor, early evening event. The person developed West Nile virus fever but has recovered after a brief hospitalization.
Separately, state health officials said a person who was infected last August has died after developing a severe complication known as acute flaccid paralysis. The person died in June.
Last year Colorado reported 131 cases of West Nile, with five deaths.
Colorado's peak year for the mosquito-borne disease was in 2003, when 2,847 cases and 63 deaths were reported.