The Orion

Students left unaware of West Nile Virus

Alex Horne // August 31, 2016

The first known Chico State student was just diagnosed with West Nile Virus, a virus that is transmitted by mosquitos. The virus has been in the Chico area since 2004 but has been increasingly prevalent...

Butte County Mosquito & Vector Control District Photo credit: Kaley Wise

Chico Student contracts West Nile Virus

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...

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).

Small bugs, big consequences

Sarah Strausser // 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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