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West Nile Cases well below '12 state pace

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Aug 25, 2013 at 6:22 am

ST. CLOUD, Minn. (AP) — State officials have confirmed 21 cases of West Nile virus so far this year, well below the 103 cases confirmed last year.

A Minneapolis Star Tribune reported on Saturday that the county with the most cases this year is Stearns County in central Minnesota, with three.

The Minnesota Department of Health says one person in western Minnesota farm country has died from the disease.

West Nile virus is transmitted to people through mosquitoes that feed on an infected bird. Most people with the virus have no symptoms or only mild flu-like symptoms. A small percentage develops a serious illness.

Health Department epidemiologist David Neitzel says it's too early to know the degree to which the late spring and cool periods this summer slowed the virus' spread.

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