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 in the past two years. The symptoms of the virus include fatigue, flu-like symptoms and fever. Al...

Chico Student contracts West Nile Virus

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

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 the toughest challenge of my life so far,” the 21-year-old kinesiology student said. “It...

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).

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 manager at the Butte County Public Health Department. There are now 57 confirmed cases of West Nile in California alone and more than half of these cases have been reported in Butte county.With Butte county having such a high volume of mosquitoes carrying West Nile, education on the subject can benefit the hea...

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