3rd Human Case Of West Nile Virus Reported In Shasta County

A person in Shasta County has West Nile Virus, representing the third human case of the mosquito-borne disease so far this season. A record number of West Nile positive mosquito samples were found last month, and St. Louis Encephalitis has also been found in the local mosquito population for the first time in more than 50 years. That disease and West Nile Virus both have similar early symptoms, including high fever, severe headache, worsening confusion or a stiff neck. Everyone should check their yards and eliminate standing water where mosquitos can breed. Heavy mosquito problems can be reported to 365-3768 or shastamosquito.org.