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3 Californians have died of West Nile virus this summer, officials say – Los Angeles Times

California health officials said Friday that three people have died of West Nile virus this summer, marking the first deaths in what could be a particularly dangerous season for the disease.

The three people lived in Los Angeles, San Bernardino and Kern counties, according to health officials. They would not provide further information about the patients.

West Nile virus is an illness that mostly exists in birds, but can be transmitted to mosquitoes that bite infected birds. Humans get the disease when they’re bitten by those mosquitoes.

West Nile season typically begins with warmer weather in the summer and continues into the fall.

3 Californians have died of West Nile virus this summer, officials say – Los Angeles Times

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