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SANTA ANA (AP) — Orange County has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

The county’s Health Care Agency says a man hospitalized late last month tested positive for the virus, although it’s unclear whether he contracted it inside the county. He’s recovering.

There have been 66 confirmed cases of the virus statewide this year, and one death.

West Nile is most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. Most people who are infected have no symptoms but some have flu-like symptoms or a rash. However, West Nile can be deadly in rare cases.

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