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Three West Nile virus cases reported in Riverside County

September 22, 2011 | 11:39 am

Photo: Mosquitoes acquire the sometimes deadly West Nile virus from birds and transmit it to humans through bites. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times Three Riverside County women contracted the West Nile Virus in August, the county’s first reported cases this year, authorities said Thursday.

All three are recovering and there doesn't appear to be any connection between any of the cases, said Dr. Eric Frykman, the county’s public health officer.

A 44-year-old Corona woman and a 63-year-old Norco woman were hospitalized for a short time after contracting the virus last month, the county health department said in a statement released Thursday.

In the third case, a 36-year-old Beaumont woman is recovering at home.

The virus is transmitted to people and animals by infected mosquitoes.

Officials with the Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District have increased efforts to control mosquitoes in the Norco and Corona areas.

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Photo: Mosquitoes acquire the sometimes deadly West Nile virus from birds and transmit it to humans through bites. Credit: Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times

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