First Human Case of West Nile Virus Reported in Long Beach

The first human case of West Nile Virus in Long Beach has been reported, city health officials confirmed Thursday.

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File photo of a mosquito

The case was reported on Aug. 26, but no further details were provided about the patient, according to a news release issued by the city of Long Beach. This year there have been two West Nile Virus related deaths in California, and 78 human cases of the virus reported in 17 counties including Los Angeles, San Diego and Orange.

Humans are primarily infected with West Nile Virus from a mosquito bite. A mosquito becomes infected by biting a bird that carries the virus, heath officials said.

Summer weather and drought conditions create an ideal environment for mosquito breeding.

Signs and symptoms of the West Nile Virus typically include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headaches.

For additional information on how to protect yourself against West Nile Virus visit http://westnile.ca.gov/.