Kern County woman has West Nile virus

Kern County woman has West Nile virus »Play Video
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BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — Kern County has registered the state's first human case of West Nile virus this year.

A 70-year-old woman, whose name was withheld, started exhibited symptoms that include fever, headaches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea and body aches. The symptoms generally show up five to 15 days after a person is bitten by an infected mosquito, Kern County Public Health said Monday.

The infected woman has been hospitalized and is recovering.

Public Health offered three "Ds" for West Nile virus prevention:

Dusk/dawn: Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and the first two hours after sunset. Also, make sure that the screens on your doors and windows are properly placed and secure, and use protective clothing if going outdoors.

Deet: Apply insect repellant containing deet according to label instructions.

Drain: Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding.