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For California, Last Year’s West Nile Season Was Most Severe Ever
Kaiser Health News

West Nile virus hit California harder than ever last year, with a record 561 cases of neuroinvasive disease – the most serious types of the illness – reported from the mosquito-borne virus, according to federal health data released Thursday. The number of these serious California cases was 83 percent higher than the previous record number reported in the state in 2005, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Most of those cases — 70 percent — were reported from Los Angeles and Orange counties, which recorded 15 West Nile deaths last year. Statewide, 31 people died of West Nile disease in 2014.