2nd West Nile Virus Death in California
The Orange County Health Care Agency reported late this morning that they have confirmed the second West Nile Virus related death this year. On Monday, the agency reported the first virus related death, 72-year-old woman from Buena Park, of 2008 The latest victim was a 64-year-old man from Garden Grove who died sometime this month. The total number of cases in Orange County has risen to 32, the highest number of infections since 2004. Four others have tested positive when donating blood, but showed no symptoms. As to why there is an increase, officials do not know, but with recent home foreclosures and for other economic reasons, pools are not being used or maintained, therefore the still water is a perfect nesting ground for mosquitoes. Stay safe this Labor Day weekend.