Missouri Records First West Nile Virus Case

ST. LOUIS, MO - A 40-year-old St. Louis County man contracted the first human case of West Nile virus in Missouri this year.

Health officials say the Bridgeton man spent a couple of days in the hospital and was released.

He complained of flu-like symptoms, typical of West Nile virus.  That prompted doctors to pursue the possibility he had the potentially lethal disease.

People contract the virus after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

Last year, the state recorded 62 cases of West Nile virus and five deaths.  In 2005, thirty cases and three deaths were reported.

The cases start to emerge around this time in the summer.

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