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HOUSTON The city's first confirmed case of West Nile virus in 2012 was reported on Wednesday.

A woman in northeast Houston between the age of 55 and 74 has contracted the virus, according to the Health Department.

Mosquitoes get West Nile virus after biting infected birds. Symptoms of mild West Nile include fever, headache, sore throat, body aches, fatigue, skin rash and swollen lymph glands.

Symptoms of more severe West Nile virus infections - encephalitis and meningitis - include headache, high fever, stiff neck, disorientation, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, coma and paralysis. If you have these symptoms, contact your health care provider right away.

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