Health Officials Report L.A. County’s 1st Death From West Nile Virus for 2015

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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)

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San Gabriel Valley man who died this month was confirmed on Tuesday as the first West Nile virus death in Los Angeles County this year, county health officials said.

The man was hospitalized in late August and had pre-existing health conditions, according to the county Department of Public Health, which did not release the man’s name or other identifying details.

There have been 18 confirmed cases of West Nile virus so far this year, officials said.

Also Tuesday, the city of Long Beach, which has its own health department, announced its first human West Nile virus infection. City officials did not disclose the person’s name, age or condition.

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