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Kern County records year's 1st human case of West Nile virus

Kern County records year's 1st human case of West Nile virus
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - The California Department of Public Health reported Kern County's first human case of West Nile virus for the year.

Nineteen human cases in eight counties have tested positive for West Nile virus in 2014, according to the state.

Kern County Health Department spokeswoman Kim Rodriguez said the local case is a 32-year-old man in the eastern part of the county. He wasn't sick enough to be hospitalized.

No other information on the local case was disclosed.

West Nile virus is spread by mosquitoes that can pick up the virus from birds. The infected mosquitoes can spread the illness to people.

Kern's worst year was 2007, when 140 local people got the illness, including four deaths.

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