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Still No West Nile Human Cases Here

Although three deaths were recently confirmed, the first of the year, the record winter has not necessarily translated to more West Nile virus cases in California this summer. But in Nevada County, cases have always been light, regardless of weather. Director of Nursing, Cindy Wilson, says, like last year, they’ve had no human cases. There were also no human illnesses in 2013 and 2014…

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More water often means more mosquitos, but populations do not appear to be much above normal. There has been only one detection of West Nile in the county, when a dead bird was found in Grass Valley in June. Wilson also points out that the County Health Department has rarely seen seriously ill people from the virus …

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But there was one fatality reported in the county in 2015, believed to be the only death ever recorded here. It’s also possible that the drought had contributed to increased West Nile activity in the past, as birds and mosquitos may have had closer contact with more limited sources of water. The three recent deaths were recorded in Kern, Los Angeles, and San Bernardino Counties.

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