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Montana Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2015

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HELENA, Mont. (AP) - Montana health officials say the year's first human case of West Nile virus has been reported in Rosebud County.

Department of Public Health and Human Safety officials said in a statement Wednesday the person is recovering in a hospital. The statement did not identify the person other than he or she is an adult.

Officials say it is earlier than usual for the mosquito-transmitted infection to be reported in a person.

Five cases were reported last year. By comparison, there were 200 cases in 2003 and 2007, but none in 2010.

Symptoms include a low-grade fever, headache and muscle aches. In a very few people, infection can lead to life-threatening symptoms that include convulsions, coma and paralysis.

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