Health officials confirm West Nile Virus death in Butte County

Sep 25, 2015 3:26 PM by News Staff

County health officials announced Friday that a Butte County resident recently died after testing positive for West Nile virus.

The victim is a senior citizen who became ill in August. The infection was confirmed in early September as West Nile Virus neuro-invasive disease, the most severe form of the virus. Health officials said the woman lived in the northern part of the county, but they would not elaborate.

As of Wednesday, 45 cases have been confirmed in Butte County, the most in the state. Of those 45 cases, 28 of the cases occurred in July WNV.

Although people 50 and older are at higher risk, nearly half of the reported cases in Butte County are in people ages 5-49 years, while four children have been infected.

West Nile season typically lasts through October. The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite.


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