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MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin health officials say the state has recorded its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

The Wisconsin Department of Health Services said Wednesday the case involves a resident of northeastern Wisconsin.

The department is advising residents to continue to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

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West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito and is not spread person to person. Mosquitoes get the virus by feeding on infected birds.

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The majority of human West Nile cases occur during the months of August and September. However, the risk of contracting West Nile and other mosquito-borne illnesses is present any time mosquitoes are active, so residents should prevent mosquito bites through the rest of the summer and into early fall.

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