David Neitzel, an MDH epidemiologist specializing in diseases carried by mosquitoes, said the man's condition was not serious enough for hospitalization.
"It was the less severe form of the disease," Neitzel
said that Minnesota has entered the high risk season for WNV which continues through early autumn.
said the state is on alert for WNV now more than ever since last year's outbreak that resulted in 70 cases and one fatality.
said last year's weather played a major role in that outbreak.
"Last year we didn't have much of a winter, and we had a warm spring and then it got hot and dry, so there was a high risk," he
"This year, the late spring should help us.
We have a shorter growing season for the virus and mosquitoes.
Unfortunately, there's enough warmth and enough mosquitoes that we are going to see some cases this year."
"The species of mosquito that transmits the virus to humans is most abundant in July and August.
Mosquito repellents used during outdoor activities at dusk and dawn can prevent this potentially severe disease," Neitzel
said in a news release.