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Calif. gets first confirmed West Nile case of 2011

July 25, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
California's first human case of West Nile Virus so far this year has been found in Santa Barbara County.

The California Department of Public Health says a man was hospitalized, but is now recovering at home. They did not release is name or age, or say when or how he contracted the disease.

The case prompted health officials to step up their surveillance for the virus. Last year, 111 people were diagnosed with West Nile Virus.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.