Jul 28, 2015 7:10 PM by News Staff
Three Glenn County residents have tested positive for West Nile Virus, county health officials announced Tuesday.
The cases, the first of 2015 for Glenn County, are all adults and range in age from late twenties to seventies. Cases are not located in a specific city but lie in the valley at multiple points along the I-5 corridor within the county.
Two of the people have been hospitalized, and one is experiencing severe illness which may be the neuroinvasive form of the disease.
On Monday, Butte County reported that residents are at an increased risk for the virus in 2015. Two human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported in Butte County this year.
Although mild for most, this disease can become very serious and even fatal for some that become ill. Symptoms, including, but not limited to fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, typically develop from three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
North State residents should use mosquito repellents when they go outdoors, and wear long sleeves and long pants in the mornings and evenings when mosquitos are most active.