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First West Nile case confirmed in Alberta

Edmonton

erta has its first home-grown human case of West Nile virus for 2004, health officials announced yesterday.

Gerhard Benade, medical health officer for the East Central Health Region, said the patient started showing symptoms of the mosquito-spread disease in September.

"The illness progressed to include some neurological symptoms associated with the more-serious form of this illness . . . but the individual has made a complete recovery," Dr. Benade said. Another Albertan was reported having the virus in July, but that person got it elsewhere while travelling. As of this week, the virus has been reported in only nine birds, four horses and one mosquito pool. CP

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