3rd Death from West Nile Virus
A 48-year-old man in San Bernardino County is the third person this year to die from the West Nile Virus. "The Rialto man, who died Aug. 27, also suffered from preexisting medical conditions, which increased his chances of dying from the virus, officials said. They did not know how the victim, whose name was not released, contracted the virus" reported the LA Times. There have been 132 cases of the virus reported in the state this year. Of those, 97 have been in San Bern., Riverside, Orange and LA counties. There were 380 cases and 21 deaths due to the virus in 2007. The other two virus-related deaths of 2008 happened in Orange County.