Yolo County Confirms Human Case Of West Nile

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(Sacramento, CA)
Thursday, August 9, 2007

Health officials received confirmation Thursday that a middle-aged man who lives in the unincorporated area of the county caught the virus. That’s got County Health Officer Bette Hinton urging local residents to guard against mosquito bites. Hinton says she expects to see more human cases.  

"It’s likely that we will. We’re trying to take this opportunity to remind people that, I’m sure they’ve heard over and over and over but, to get rid of standing water around their house. To either stay indoors at dawn and dusk or protect themselves."

Last year, Yolo County had 27 human cases of West Nile virus. The disease sometimes causes flu like symptoms such as fever and muscle weakness. It's spread by mosquitoes biting humans after feeding on infected birds.