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LA County Reports First West Nile Virus Cases Of The Year

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(FOX 11 /AP) Los Angeles County has recorded its first two cases of the year of the mosquito-borne West Nile virus. County health officials said Thursday that two people were infected in July.

Officials say a woman in her 60s from the San Fernando Valley continues to recover at a hospital. The second case involved a man in his 20s who was infected but showed no symptoms. He lives in southern Los Angeles County and is healthy.

The Los Angeles Times reports that in 2013, 165 human cases of West Nile were reported in the county, one of the highest counts documented since 2004.

On Wednesday state health officials said two people in Northern California have died from West Nile - the first deaths of the year from the virus.

It is transmitted to humans and animals by infected mosquitoes.

From Sandra Endo:

There are at least two confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus in LA County this season.

It's the height of mosquito season right now and the insect is responsible for the spread of the West Nile Virus.

One lady in her 60's from San Fernando Valley was hospitalized mid-July with the virus. She is recovering.

A second case involves a male in his 20's who is an asymptomatic blood donor. His case was reported late last month and he remains healthy.

There is more than 9 cases reported in Orange County and in all, the virus has been detected in 36 counties across California.

Despite the drought and dry conditions health department officials say standing water is a big concern and is a breeding ground for the insects. They say with less water the pools that do exist usually has poorer quality water which is attractive to Mosquitos.

Health officials say make sure to avoid mosquito infected areas at dusk and dawn, wear repellent with DEET in it, and get rid of standing water around your property.

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