West Nile virus found in 2 Calif. women

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Two Stanislaus County women infected with the West Nile virus are the first confirmed human cases in California this year.

The California Department of Public Health said Friday that the women were identified after donating blood and a routine screening discovered the illness. Both developed symptoms, but are recovering without hospitalization.

Mosquito bites are the most common route of West Nile virus infection, and health officials warn Californians to drain areas of standing water when possible, and take precautions to avoid exposure to bites.