September 6th, 2012

How to track West Nile virus in your county

There have been more reported cases of West Nile virus in the U.S. so far this year than at any time since 1999, when the disease was first detected in the country. Nearly 2,000 people have been infected, and 87 have died as a result. 

California has had 69 human cases of the virus this year to date, including three fatalities. Have there been cases in your county? Here’s how you can find out: 

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