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West Nile virus detected in Minnesota

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SCOTT COUNTY, Minn. (KTTC) -- The West Nile virus has been found in Minnesota for the first time this year.

According to the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, mosquitoes in Scott County tested positive for the virus. There have been no confirmed cases of West Nile illnesses this summer, and dead birds have also turned up negative.

Samples from Carver County tested positive for West Nile this time last year, and by late August, 21 cases had been confirmed and one victim had died.

The virus first arrived in our state 12 years ago.

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