California's Drought Could Increase Health Risks, Experts Say

April 9, 2015 7:30 PM

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California's Drought Could Increase Health Risks, Experts Say

The ongoing California drought could cause more problems for state residents by creating favorable conditions for dangerous infectious diseases previously limited to hotter, drier climates, experts said.

The California Department of Public Health announced this week the state had a record-breaking number of deaths related to the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus in 2014, with 31 fatalities recorded. And 801 cases of West Nile Virus were reported in 2014, the second-highest number of cases ever recorded...

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