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First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Kern for 2020

Posted at 1:01 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-06 16:14:28-04

Kern County Public Health announced that the first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in Kern for 2020.

West Nile virus is a disease spread by mosquitoes that most often spreads to people during the summer and early fall when the mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active.

Up to 20% of people who become infected with West Nile Virus will have symptoms that may include fever, headache, body aches, joint pain, nausea, vomiting and sometimes a skin rash. Less than 1% will develop severe illness where the virus can affect the brain and/or nervous system.