West Nile Case in St. Louis County, Missouri

ST. LOUIS (AP) St. Louis County reports its first human case of West Nile virus in 2008.

The county health department says a 52-year-old Normandy man was treated at a hospital last week. Spokesman John Shelton says the man fully recovered.

Humans become infected with West Nile after being bitten by infected mosquitoes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 342 West Nile-related cases this year, including four in Missouri. It wasn't immediately clear where the other Missouri cases occurred.

CDC cited three deaths nationwide _ one each in Arizona, California and Mississippi.

Last year, Missouri reported 77 cases, including five deaths.

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According to the Missouri Health Surveillance Information System, Missouri had 444 reported cases of West Nile, including 30 deaths, from 2002 to 2007.


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