First LA case of West Nile reported this season

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File photo: A mosquito sits on a stick April 9, 2009 in Martinez, California.

L.A. County health officials today confirmed the first symptomatic human case of West Nile virus of the 2010 season.

The patient, a teen from the eastern part of the county, developed symptoms in mid-August and has since recovered, according to the county's Public Health Department.

The virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. It's not spread through person-to-person contact, or directly from birds to humans.

In most cases, people who are infected with West Nile Virus never become sick, or have only very mild symptoms that include fever, headache, nausea, body aches and a mild skin rash.

The L.A. County Public Health Department has set up a toll-free information line that will provide callers with updated information on West Nile Virus. You can call (800) 975-4448.

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