First Case of West Nile Reported in California is in Kings County
The first case of West Nile virus in California this year has been reported in Kings County. Two weeks ago, County health officials confirmed that a middle-aged was infected with West Nile virus, but they did not release his identity. Less than one percent of people that are infected with the West Nile virus experience serious neurological problems that can be fatal. However, most of the people that get the virus have no symptoms or mild symptoms that are somewhat flu-like. People with diabetes, high blood pressure, and people over the age of 50 are the most at risk of getting sick and developing complications.
Dr. Milton Teske, a health officer for Kings County, stated:
We are anticipating a significant increase in the number of (West Nile) cases because of all the rain this year. It’s a perfect combination of a lot of water and warm weather.
It is important to eliminate any standing water around your home to avoid having breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
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