Child Becomes First Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Los Angeles County

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County Vector Control inspector Eddie Garcia looks at several tiny mosquito larvae collected from a Buena Park backyard swimming pool in 2014. Garcia is part of a county-wide program to clean up pools where mosquitoes are breeding to control the spread of West Nile Virus. (Credit: Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

The first human case of West Nile Virus infection has been reported in L.A. County, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health said Monday.

The patient was described only as a male youth from the South Bay area with no prior medical history, a news release from the agency stated.

He was hospitalized for the disease in mid-July and was now recovering at home, health officials said.

The reported case excluding counts in Long Beach and Pasadena, which have their own public health departments.

Humans are primarily infected by a bite from a mosquito, which has become infected by biting a bird that carries the virus, health officials said.

The virus cannot be transmitted from person-to-person or directly from birds to humans, according to the agency.

Cases of West Nile generally begin to occurred around this time of year and can continue for several months.

For more information on West Nile Virus click here: http://westnile.ca.gov/