Health officials report first West Nile Virus human death in Fresno County

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FRESNO, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Fresno County health officials announced Thursday the first human death caused by the West Nile Virus in the county.

Health officials said they were also notified of a positive human case of Saint Louis Encephalitis.

The health department reported there have been 26 positive human cases in Fresno County this year.

“This tragic death from West Nile Virus and this severe illness from St Louis Encephalitis in Fresno County are strong reminders that everyone should increase efforts to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” said Dr. Ken Bird, Fresno County Deputy Health Officer.

Bird added that August and September are peak periods of West Nile virus transmission in Fresno County. He urged the public to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites.

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