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West Nile Virus Briefing Friday

Informational Briefing on West Nile Virus Set for Friday, Oct. 15

UCR Scientists, County Officials to Address Impact and Response

(October 13, 2004)

mosquitos carry West Nile Virus

mosquitos carry West Nile Virus

RIVERSIDE, Calif. (Oct. 14, 2004) -- University of California, Riverside scientists and Riverside County public health representatives will provide an overview of the impact of West Nile virus in the Inland Empire, including public health responses and relevant scientific information, during a briefing from 9 a.m. to noon Friday, Oct. 15, in the Riverside County Board of Supervisors Meeting Room, 4080 Lemon St., Riverside.

The briefing is intended for legislative staff members, health officials in K-12 schools and senior communities, and mosquito abatement district representatives. It is also open to interested members of the public.

The mosquito-borne West Nile virus emerged in the New York City area in 1999 and has been steadily marching west across the United States. The virus is transmitted to people and animals through infected mosquitoes. It became an important local public health issue in Southern California early this summer, and as of Oct. 5 has resulted in 19 deaths and more than 680 reported human infections in California this year. In addition, the virus has had a significant impact on birds and has been detected in horses.

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