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Santa Barbara County Reporting First Human Case Of West Nile Virus In The State In 2011

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 3:16pm

Santa Barbara County is confirming the first human case of  West Nile Virus in California in 2011.

County Health Department officials aren’t releasing any details about the case, other than to say it was someone who lived in the middle of the county, and that they didn’t die.  The case was confirmed as West Nile earlier this week.

West Nile is transmitted by mosquitoes.  Most people are unaffected by it, but some people, especially the elderly, those with other major health issues, and infants can develop flulike symptoms, and in rare case even death.  County Health officials are urging people to use mosquito spray when outside, and to wear pants, and long sleeved shirts in areas where mosquitoes can be present.

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