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File photo: Ben Prather, vector control director for Cass County shows off a Culex tarsalis specimen, Culex tarsalis is type of mosquito known to be a carrier of West Nile, June 29, 2012 in West Fargo, ND. Jesse Trelstad / The Forum

Stevens County woman first West Nile virus fatality in Minnesota in 2012


MORRIS - An elderly Stevens County woman has died after contracting West Nile virus, the first death in the state of Minnesota this year.

A second Stevens County resident contracted the less severe version of the disease, West Nile fever, in early August, but has since recovered, said Dave Neitzel of the Minnesota Department of Health.

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Kim Ukura is the editor of the Morris Sun Tribune.