The first human case of West Nile virus infection in the state was confirmed today. The victim, a 70-year-old woman from Kern County, was hospitalized but is recovering, said Dr. Ron Chapman, a state health officer and director of the California Department of Health.Read it all here.
The woman's symptoms were consistent with West Nile fever. Kern County officials say awareness campaigns, which describe symptoms of the virus, reminded the woman to tell her doctor that a mosquito had bitten her on the leg.
"The patient's knowledge of [West Nile Virus] from educational campaigns by the Kern County Public Health Services Department led to the rapid identification of her infection, said Dr. Claudia Jonah, a public health officer for Kern County...
June 18, 2012
California's First Human Case of West Nile Virus This Year Confirmed
"California's First Human Case of West Nile Virus This Year Confirmed" by Reut Cohen for KCET, June 18, 2012: