- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - State health officials are reporting the first human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico this year.

The New Mexico Department of Health announced Thursday that a 40-year-old woman from Rio Arriba County has been diagnosed with West Nile.

She was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease, which is the more serious form of the illness.

But health officials say the woman now is recovering at home.

Mosquitoes transmit the West Nile virus.

People over 50 years old and those with other health issues are at a higher risk of becoming seriously ill or dying when they become infected with the virus.

State health officials identified 14 cases of West Nile infection in humans last year including 12 with neuroinvasive disease. There were no deaths.

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