A local man who contracted and survived the dangerous West Nile virus says that ignoring the virus’s flu-like symptoms almost cost him his life.
A Long Beach man in his mid-70s has died of West Nile virus, the city’s first death from the disease, health officials said Thursday.
Vector Control officials will conduct a door-to-door campaign Thursday in Valley Glen to alert residents of an elevated West Nile Threat in the area.
Five people have tested positive for West Nile virus in Los Angeles County, according to the Department of Public Health.
U.S. health officials reported Wednesday three times the usual number of West Nile cases for this time of year and one expert called it “one of the largest” outbreaks since the virus appeared in this country in 1999.
State officials say an 88-year-old Kern County woman is the first person to die from the West Nile virus in California this year.
One official said the economy is making the spread of the disease worse due to an abundance of dirty swimming pools in abandoned homes.