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Va. reports 1st human West Nile case of 2011

Tuesday - 8/9/2011, 11:49am  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Virginia's first human case of West Nile virus this year has been reported in Richmond.

Dr. Danny Avula with the Richmond City Health District says the patient was a Richmond man in his 60s.

Avula tells the Richmond Times-Dispatch ( http://bit.ly/n2AR8Q) that the man spent a lot of time working outdoors.

West Nile is commonly spread by mosquitoes infected with the virus.

The man was hospitalized for more than a week after he reported getting sick on July 3.

Five human West Nile cases were reported in Virginia last year. One person in Alexandria died.

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Information from: Richmond Times-Dispatch, http://www.timesdispatch.com


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