Orange County records its first West Nile virus-related death

From The Orange County Register
October 6, 2017

The peak season of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus should be nearing its end, but state and local agencies are warning people to keep up the fight against mosquitoes.

There were 47 new cases of the disease reported across the state in the past week. Nearly all were in Southern California. Orange County recorded its first West Nile virus-related fatality Oct. 6.

You can see the state totals here.

The Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California is warning people that West Nile virus cases have spiked this fall in Southern California, and three deaths from the disease were reported last month. In addition to fatalities, 88 percent of the reported infections in Los Angeles County have required hospitalizations.

Peak season
Cases of West Nile virus in 2016 by week in the U.S.
Most cases of the virus are reported in the warm summer months, but local vector agencies are warning people of a spike in cases this fall.

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