There were more than 800 cases of West Nile Virus in California in 2014. This number is the second highest record of human cases. As the drought worsens in California, the cases of birds and humans attracting this deadly virus has been on the rise. As water gets scarcer, mosquitoes come ever so close to urban areas in search of water to lay their eggs. As a result, mosquitoes are coming ever so closer to dense cities where millions of people live and could of a possibility of getting infected.
In the bay area last year, there were about 16 human cases and thousands of bird cases. These cases were reported in the Santa Clara County, Alameda County, Contra Costa County, and Solano County. The majority of these cases happened in South California including 263 human cases in Orange County, and 253 cases in the Los Angeles County. As the drought and global warming gets worse, these numbers will only increase. An unbelievable 31 have died from this virus.
High temperatures may also attract mosquitoes to prey on humans. The West Nile virus may also cause meningitis and encephalitis. West Nile Virus season usually begins in the summer when higher temperatures are common. However only female mosquitoes are known to bite or draw blood from their victims. Blood is essential to the female for proper egg production. Mosquitoes may also transmit diseases other than West Nile virus including yellow fever, and malaria. West Nile Virus however can be dangerous as you may get fevers, headaches, body aches, skin rashes, and encephalitis which is an inflammation in the brain.