West Nile virus a more serious threat than previously imagined



By Michael Picarella
pic@theacorn.com

West Nile virus, a disease that can in rare cases cause encephalitis, inflammation of the brain and even death, is taking its toll in Southern California.
One man died in Orange County and another victim was infected in Griffith Park. A dead bird that had been infected with West Nile virus was found in Simi Valley and other dead birds have been found throughout the Southland. Experts are now warning residents to take precaution against mosquit...

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