San Joaquin County has reported its first case of West Nile Virus activity for this year; it comes two months ahead of schedule.
Santa Clara, Los Angeles, and now San Joaquin County are seeing their first cases of West Nile Virus activity in 2014.
A dead bird near Tracy tested positive for the virus and that's very early in the year.
Last year, it was May before West Nile showed up.
Aaron Devencenzi from the San Joaquin County Mosquito Control District says the unusually warm weather may be part of the reason for the early appearance.
"One of the species of mosquitoes that carries West Nile Virus or has the ability to carry it, thrives more in drought weather, we could have at least more virus this year even if we don't have as many mosquitoes."
Devencenzi says there seems to be a trend of the virus showing up earlier each year and staying longer.
Last year, California reported 372 people infected with the virus...San Joaquin County with 8, Sacramento County with 10, and Stanislaus County with 18.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
In 22 Northern California counties, some health insurance customers have only one choice of insurer in Covered California. We go to a rural community north of Quincy to find out what that's like.
Wednesday, December 17, 2014
Blue Shield of California stopped selling policies to individuals in 250 zip codes in 2014. The coverage area reduction is especially felt in Northern California, where consumers have few choices through Covered California.
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Anthem Blue Cross, the largest insurer in Covered California's Northern California region, ended an out-of-state benefit for individual planholders this year. Blue Shield of California plans in the region also restrict care to within state lines.
Wednesday, December 10, 2014
The open enrollment period for Covered California began less than a month ago. But the pace of applications and enrollments has already exceeded last year.
Wednesday, December 03, 2014
California offers several services for both documented and undocumented immigrants. But fears about deportation deter many people from taking advantage of the benefits offered to them.