Minnesotan Dies of West Nile Virus
A Minnesotan who contracted West Nile virus has died.
According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the person died in Stevens County earlier this month.
To protect the family's privacy, additional details on the person's identity have not been released.
This is the sixteenth West Nile virus death in Minnesota since 2002.
West Nile virus is a cyclical disease in humans, appearing in the summer and disappearing in the winter as carrier mosquitoes die off and hibernate.
Minnesota's first human case came in late May, much earlier than in previous years. The Minnesota man got sick with West Nile encephalitis and meningitis after traveling in the south-central part of the state.
The Associated Press Contributed to this Report.