California on Friday reported the state’s first demise from the West Nile virus this yr.
A resident of San Luis Obispo County died from problems of the mosquito-born virus, the California Division of Public Well being mentioned in a information launch. It didn’t say when the particular person died or present different particulars.
“Scorching temperatures this month are contributing to rising numbers of mosquitoes and the elevated danger of virus transmission to people,” the division mentioned.
There have been greater than 300 deaths from West Nile virus in California since 2003, the division mentioned.
It appeared that the particular person was contaminated whereas touring outdoors the county to an space the place virus-infected mosquitoes are endemic, the county’s Public Well being Division mentioned.
Most individuals contaminated with West Nile don’t have any signs, whereas about 1 in 5 have flu-like signs and fewer than 1% of individuals develop critical neurological issues corresponding to encephalitis or meningitis, well being officers mentioned.
Folks age 50 or older and people with diabetes or hypertension are at increased danger of getting sick and growing problems, authorities mentioned.
Greater than 300 deaths from West Nile have been reported in California since 2003, in response to state figures.