PHOENIX - Authorities say a Phoenix-area man is Arizona's first confirmed case of West Nile virus this year.
State health officials said Wednesday that the man is recovering in a skilled nursing facility from West Nile encephalitis. That's a serious form of the mosquito-transmitted disease.
The name of the man hasn't been released. Authorities will only say that the man is in his late 70s.
West Nile virus can cause symptoms ranging from mild flu-like symptoms to severe neurological symptoms. However, in most infected people there are no symptoms at all.
Maricopa County recorded its second worst West Nile virus season last year with 115 confirmed cases.
Authorities say about 60 percent of the cases last year were classified as "neroinvasive" illnesses, meaning they affected the victims' nerves, brain and spinal cord.
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