ORANGE COUNTY (CBSLA) — A Tustin woman in her 50s is the first reported human case of West Nile virus in Orange County this year.
“West Nile virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall,” Dr. Nichole Quick, the county’s health officer, said in a statement. “The best way to avoid West Nile virus infection is to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.”READ MORE: Chino Hills Two-Vehicle Collision Claims Life Of Motorcyclist
According to the health department, 12 people were diagnosed with the virus in Orange County last year. One person died.READ MORE: Leimert Park Rising, A Reopening Ceremony And First Official National Observance Of Juneteenth
The report comes two weeks after the Los Angeles County Department of Health disclosed that a San Fernando Valley resident and another person living in southeast Los Angeles County were recovering after falling ill from the virus.MORE NEWS: Firefighters Battle Bautista Fire In Riverside County
The virus is spread by infected mosquitoes.