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Chico Student contracts West Nile Virus

Butte County Mosquito & Vector Control District Photo credit: Kaley Wise
August 30, 2016

Nick Lopez, a Chico State student, says he was recently diagnosed with the West Nile Virus, making him the first school victim of the possibly deadly disease this year. “It’s honestly been...

Small bugs, big consequences

Matt Ball, District Manager at the Butte County Public Health Department, discusses the severity of West Nile virus in the Butte County area. (Photo Courtesy of Matt Ball).
August 24, 2015

There have been 30 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in Butte county, the highest of any county in the state. Butte County has had an "epidemic level" of cases reported, according to Matt Ball, the district...

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