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Jul 3, 2013 6:02 PM by AP, posted by Kirsten Bennett

First Coloradan tests positive for West Nile this season

DENVER (AP) - 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.

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