From the Orange County Register
October 16, 2018
An elderly Tustin woman is the first this year to die from complications of West Nile virus, the county’s Health Care Agency announced Tuesday, Oct. 16.
The agency said there were 38 reported infections and four deaths in 2017 due to West Nile virus infections in Orange County. So far, there have been six known human infections countywide.
The first two West Nile virus deaths in California were reported last month in Glenn and Yuba counties, respectively, according to the California Department of Public Health. The CDPH website also reports 36 human cases in Los Angeles County, 11 in Riverside County and three in San Bernardino County. Southern California health officials have been warning residents to exercise precautions because of increased mosquito activity in the region this year.
Symptoms of West Nile infections include fever, headache, body aches, fatigue and skin rash. Officials say anyone who experiences more serious symptoms such as severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, muscle weakness or vision loss should seek medical attention right away.