COPY-SC man is state's first West Nile death of 2012

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - A man from Aiken County is the first person to die with West Nile virus so far this year.

The Department of Health and Environmental Control said Monday that the man tested positive for the virus after he was hospitalized for a sudden high fever, confusion and headache.

Officials say the man was likely bitten by mosquitoes near his home. His name has not been released.

DHEC says West Nile has been detected in 17 people, three animals and 13 birds in South Carolina so far in 2012.

Mosquitoes get the virus from feeding on infected birds and then spread the virus to people they bite. People bitten by an infected mosquito may become sick up to two weeks later with flu-like symptoms like fever, headache and nausea.

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