California reports 5 additional human West Nile virus cases

From Outbreak News Today
June 27, 2018

The California Department of Public Health reported five additional human West Nile virus (WNV) cases in the past week, bringing the total in 2018 to nine in six counties to date.

The new cases were reported from Fresno (1), Kern (1), Los Angeles (1), Sacramento (1), and San Bernardino (1) counties.

In 2017, California reported 553 human WNV cases, including 44 fatalities.

Los Angeles County reports 1st human West Nile virus case of 2018

West Nile virus can be transmitted to humans, horses and other animals by infected mosquitoes after the mosquitoes have bitten infected birds, which are the primary hosts of the virus.

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