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September 18, 2012

Riverside mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

RIVERSIDE — Mosquitoes in Riverside tested positive for the West Nile virus Tuesday, according to the state Department of Environmental Protection.

The Riverside positive was one of 19 across the state. No other positive tests came from the Valley on Tuesday.

The DEP and local West Nile virus programs “are responding with additional surveillance and control as needed,” according to DEP.

Most people who contract West Nile virus show no symptoms, and about 20 percent of infected people develop West Nile fever, which results in flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, tiredness and body aches, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

A small number of people develop severe cases, which can lead to meningitis — inflammation of the membrane around the brain — or encephalitis — inflammation of the brain, according to the CDC.

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