DPH Confirms First Calif. West Nile Virus Death of 2015
On Monday, the California Department of Public Health confirmed that an elderly individual in Nevada County was the first person to die from West Nile Virus in California this year. The death comes as 33 counties in the state report West Nile activity -- four more than at the same time last year. DPH Director Karen Smith said, "West Nile virus activity is more widespread in 2015 than in years past," adding, "Californians need to be vigilant in protecting themselves."
- "California Officials Report Year's First Death From West Nile Virus" (Karlamangla, "L.A. Now," Los Angeles Times, 7/20).