BAKERSFIELD, Calif. -- A man with pre-existing health conditions is the first person to die from the West Nile Virus in Kern County this year, county health officials said Friday.
Few details were released on the man, who died last month. Four other other people have contracted West Nile Virus so far in Kern County, but this is the first known death as a result of it.
"This is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus can be" said Matt Constantine, Director of Kern County Public Health Services, in a press release. "We strongly encourage residents to protect themselves and family members from mosquitos."
Officials say that there are 7 confirmed human cases of WNV in Kern Co this year.
The latest case (not the death case) is an 85 yr old man who was hospitalized but is now discharged & recovering; lives in Bakersfield.