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  • First human cases of West Nile Virus in county

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  • SAN BERNARDINO — Two human cases of West Nile virus have been confirmed in San Bernardino County, according to a county news release on Thursday. These are the first confirmed human cases within the county this year.
    The release did not specify in which communities the cases were reported. Last week, the county reported that infected birds were found in Fontana, Rialto, San Bernardino and Upland.
    At this time last year, the county had a total of three confirmed cases and one death due to the virus. The California Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of 57 human cases and two deaths within the state due to the virus.
    WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites.
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