45-year-old San Juan County woman is 1st human case of West Nile virus in New Mexico this year

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SANTA FE, New Mexico — Authorities say a 45-year-old woman from San Juan County is the first human case of West Nile virus identified in New Mexico this year.

The name of the woman wasn't released Wednesday.

New Mexico Department of Health officials say the woman isn't hospitalized and is recovering at home.

Authorities say New Mexico typically sees most of its West Nile virus cases in August and September.

The potentially fatal neurological illness typically is spread by mosquitoes. Fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches are common symptoms.

Two horses were diagnosed with West Nile virus earlier this year, one from Bernalillo County and one from San Juan County. Both horses had to be euthanized.

State records indicate that New Mexico recorded 38 human cases of the virus in 2013. Those included three fatalities.

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