CLAYTON, Mo. (KMOX) — St. Louis County Health officials report their first probable human West Nile Virus case for 2012.

The victim is a 55 year old Kirkwood woman who has since resumed normal activities after suffering West Nile Virus type symptoms. Her name was not released.

St. Louis County had two confirmed human West Nile cases last year.

Last week, Missouri health officials said the death of a 78-year-old man from Laclede County was the first fatality in the state blamed on West Nile.

Mosquitoes pick up the virus from birds they bite and then pass it on to people. Typically, most cases are reported in August and September.

West Nile causes only mild illness in most people, but in rare case can cause serious illness and death.

County health officials remind residents to eliminate opportunities for mosquitoes to breed and multiply by removing any standing water around their property and using repellents.

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