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West Nile virus detected for first time in Minnesota in 2019

West Nile virus detected for first time in Minnesota in 2019 Photo: KSTP/File

Updated: August 14, 2019 07:56 PM

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District (MMCD) has confirmed the first positive test of West Nile virus in Minnesota this year.

According to the Facebook post, two pools— one in Ramsey County, another in Hennepin County— tested positive.

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The MMCD says they have found two out of 496 samples to turn out positive for the virus. Last year, they found 57 out of 600 samples tested positive at this time.

The Minnesota Department of Health reported its first human case of 2019 to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The person is a resident of Dakota County, however, the person had some travel history to consider. Contracting the disease could have occurred elsewhere. 

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