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Valley woman 1st to contract West Nile in California

Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Strong reminder to take precautions against mosquito bites.

Strong reminder to take precautions against mosquito bites.

A South Valley woman is the first to contract the West Nile virus in California, this year.

State health officials don't have information on how the woman contracted the virus -- but say the victim is a 70 year old woman who lives in Kern County. She was hospitalized, but is now recovering.

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, and has been detected in 15 counties, including Fresno and Tulare.

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