First case of human West Nile virus confirmed in Kern County

From Bakersfield Now
August 23, 2019

Kern County confirmed Friday morning its first human case of West Nile virus this year.

According to the California West Nile Virus website, there were 31 new human cases reported this week in the state.

This brings the total to 45 human cases in 11 counties within the state.

Two people have died in connection to the disease including one person in Fresno County.

Most often, West Nile virus is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.

Mosquitoes are carriers (“vectors”) that become infected when they feed on infected birds. Infected mosquitoes can then spread the virus to humans and other animals when they bite.

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