Kern County reports first 2020 West Nile Virus case

From the Kern Valley Sun
October 14, 2020

In an Oct. 6 news release, Kern County Public Health Services said it has received confirmation of a human case of West Nile Virus (WNV), the first reported case in the county for 2020.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that normally spreads during the summer and early fall months. While it is not fatal to most people, it can pose a serious risk in certain individuals, leading to death in the rarest of cases. Approximately 20% of infected persons will experience symptoms such as headaches, fevers, joint pain, body aches, nausea and possibly skin rashes.

Less than 1% of people experience severe symptoms in which the virus affects the brain and nervous system. These symptoms can include confusion, neck stiffness and high fever. The Department of Public Health Services urges individuals experiencing symptoms related to the virus, especially after being bitten by a mosquito, to contact a medical care professional for further information.

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