2 human cases of West Nile confirmed in Butte County

Jul 25, 2014 12:25 PM

Butte County Public Health has confirmed that there are now two human cases of West Nile Virus in Butte County this year.

Both cases are in people over 50-years-old, one of whom was profiled by Action News Now Thursday evening. The majority of individuals who become infected with the virus will not experience any illness, but individuals 50 and older have a higher chance of getting sick and developing serious symptoms.

Butte County Health Officer Dr. Mark Lundberg said "These first WNV cases remind us that we must take precautions to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites, we are definitely seeing WNV activity in Butte County. The public should take extra precautions".

WNV has been detected in 34 of California's 58 counties, with six counties reporting a total of 15 human cases.


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