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California officials report year's first death from West Nile virus

California officials report year's first death from West Nile virus

California health officials on Monday confirmed the state's first death this year from West Nile virus.  The death of a senior citizen in Nevada County comes in a year with an unusually high number of cases of West Nile among mosquitoes and birds, officials said. Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus to humans and animals, mostly birds. Though most people have a low risk of developing a serious illness if they contract West Nile, those 50 and older, as well as those with diabetes or hypertension, are at a higher risk of complications.  “This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be,”...

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