SANTA CLARA CO. — Santa Clara County health officials have confirmed that five people have been infected with West Nile Virus.
Officials say two residents were infected with a more severe form of the disease known as West Nile encephalitis.
One other person had West Nile Fever and two others had no symptoms.
Three of the victims were hospitalized, but only one remains in the hospital.
West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito, but the risk of becoming seriously ill is low for most people.
This year Santa Clara County has had an unusually large number of birds that died from West Nile. At this time 648 dead birds infected with West Nile have been reported in Santa Clara County, which represents half of all the reported dead birds infected with West Nile Virus in California.
Officials say that most cases happen between June and September when the weather is warmer.
One way to protect yourself from West Nile is by using mosquito repellent when going outside.
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