Fresno County health officials are urging residents to protect themselves against mosquito bites after the first local death this year caused by the West Nile virus.
In addition, the county department of health has been notified of a positive Saint Louis Encephalitis virus human case.
“August and September are peak periods of West Nile virus transmission in Fresno County. I urge everyone to take every possible precaution.”
Second West Nile Death in California
Through Wednesday, according to county health officials, there have been 26 positive human cases of West Nile virus this year.
The Fresno County death is the second involving West Nile virus this year in California. A 74-year-old Imperial County man died July 4.
Two Valley Horse Deaths From West Nile
In addition, thehorse.com reported Thursday that three California horse have tested positive for West Nile virus in California in 2019. Two horses — one in Stanislaus County and one in Kern County — died.
West Nile virus transmission occurs when infected mosquitoes feed on animals, as well as humans, after having fed on infected birds.