How to prevent West Nile Virus in Kern County

From 23ABC
August 1, 2022

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KERO) — Every year in Kern County people and animals are infected by the West Nile Virus. According to Kern County Public Health in 2019 there were 32 human cases. In 2020 there were eight, in 2021 there were three and so far this year, two confirmed cases.

Officials say there are steps you can take to try and avoid coming in contact with mosquitoes.

“I think if you talk to anyone they’re going to tell you they’ve come into contact with mosquitos and so this is the time where transmission is typically the highest,” explained Michelle Corson, public information officer with the Kern County Public Health.

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