- Associated Press - Thursday, August 17, 2017

FARMINGTON, N.M. (AP) - Farmington officials say a resident of the northwestern New Mexico city has died of the West Nile virus, making him the first human fatality of the mosquito-borne disease in the state this year.

Officials say it’s not known how the 61-year-old man contracted the virus and the city says it has an aggressive mosquito control program that includes treatment of standing water and weekly spraying at night.

The state Department of Health says people over age 50 have an increased risk of having serious consequences from infection from West Nile virus and should be especially careful to avoid mosquito bites.

The department says West Nile cases have occurred in New Mexico yearly since 2003, with the peak of cases in late summer and early fall.

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