West Nile Virus
California saw a record number of deaths from West Nile virus last year, and health officials say the state’s drought may have contributed to the spike.
Luis Rodriguez with Sacramento-Yolo Mosquito Control says since the drought took hold in 2012, the state has seen West Nile cases in people triple with nearly 800 in 2014. The last time numbers were this high was back in 2005.
It may be months before Abbey Murphy is back to normal. It took weeks and several trips to the emergency room, as well as a week-long hospital stay for doctors to discover what was really wrong.
The spraying is in the same area that was treated in July, when many neighbors complained about the lack of notice.
Officials announced Wednesday that a 74-year-old woman and another adult has died from West Nile Virus – the first fatal cases this year in California.
According to the district’s website, the target zone was north of Elkhorn Boulevard, where the tracking data showed the plane flying. But it also flew further south into residential neighborhoods.
The move comes after the Sacramento-Yolo Vector Control District noticed a significant uptick in dead birds and mosquitoes testing positive for the potentially deadly virus.
California health officials have reported that two people have been infected with West Nile virus in the state.
A Sutter County woman has died from West Nile Virus becoming the County’s first ever fatality from the mosquito-born illness, according to officials.
A Roseville resident and two Lincoln residents have tested positive for the West Nile virus recently, becoming the first cases in Placer County this year to have a documented infection of the disease.
A woman living in Sutter County has been diagnosed with the West Nile virus, the county’s first human case since 2007.
Placer County is getting close to an epidemic level of West Nile Virus activity after 22 more samples tested positive this week and four dead birds were also infected.