Senate Committee To Combat West Nile Virus

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, March 10, 2005

Last year, more than eight-hundred human infections of West Nile Virus were reported throughout the state, among those affected was Jack Raney of Upland, who came to the Capitol to warn how the severe symptoms have changed his life.

“I lost 45 pounds,  I had to learn how to walk all over again, had to learn how to write, it’s affected my short term memory.”

The virus that is often passed through mosquito bites resulted in 27 deaths last year.  State Senator Dean Florez says efforts to eradicate prime virus conditions should be vastly expanded on the state and local level, citing hundreds of millions of dollars spent on other efforts.
“I’d say we need to spend just as much as we spent on medfly, which didn’t kill a person.”

Current state spending specifically dedicated to West Nile Virus research and enhanced surveillance and prevention is just under a million dollars.