Man contracts Nevada's first West Nile case of 2017

LAS VEGAS (AP) - Officials say a Southern Nevada man has contracted this year's first case of West Nile virus in the state.

The man older than 50 years old has caught the serious form of the virus capable of infecting the nervous system. The Southern Nevada Health District did not release in which city he is a resident or other information about the man.

There had been two reported West Nile cases and three cases of St. Louis Encephalitis, a similar mosquito-borne illness, in 2016.

West Nile virus is spread through the bites of infected mosquitoes that have acquired the virus by feeding on infected birds. The illness is not spread person to person. Many people with the virus will have no symptoms or very mild symptoms of illness.

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