Year's First Human Case Of West Nile Reported

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, July 26, 2007

A second suspected case is in the process of being confirmed. That person is a 76-year-old man from Fair Oaks. Both men are recovering.

Sacramento County Health Officer Doctor Glennah Trochet says it’s just the beginning. 

"I’m pretty sure we will be seeing more cases. I cannot tell you how severe this will be. Much of this will depend on the number of infected adult mosquitoes." 

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne illness. Most people who catch it don’t get sick. But the people who do feel ill complain of flu-like symptoms, like fever and body aches.

Trochet says the best way to prevent getting the virus is to use mosquito repellent and drain any standing water around your house that my produce mosquitoes.