Colo. gets its 1st human West Nile case of season

POSTED: 04:23 PM MDT Jul 03, 2013    UPDATED: 04:36 PM MDT Jul 03, 2013 
DENVER (AP) -

Colorado health officials say a Delta County resident has the state's first reported human case of West Nile virus this season.

The state health department said Wednesday that the person became ill with the mosquito-borne disease 11 days after getting numerous mosquito bites at an outdoor, early evening event. The person developed West Nile virus fever but has recovered after a brief hospitalization.
    
Separately, state health officials said a person who was infected last August has died after developing a severe complication known as acute flaccid paralysis. The person died in June.
    
Last year Colorado reported 131 cases of West Nile, with five deaths.
    
Colorado's peak year for the mosquito-borne disease was in 2003, when 2,847 cases and 63 deaths were reported.