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New Mexico's first human case of West Nile virus popped up nearly two months earlier than it did last year.
A San Juan County man was treated for the disease and released Tuesday.
Paul Ettestad, public health veterinarian for the state, said today the early case was most likely from mosquito larvae left over from last year.
"The female mosquitoes can stay infected over the winter," Ettestad said in a phone interview from Santa Fe. "When it starts to warm up, you can have the infected mosquitoes kind of come back from hibernation."
He said he didn't think April's record rainfall …