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In the midst the COVID-19 pandemic and with the flu season around the corner, Orange County Health Care Agency officials Wednesday announced the county’s first fatality from the West Nile virus this year.

That virus is the main cause of mosquito-related disease in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is usually spread by the “bite of an infected mosquito.

Orange County officials did not release the name or age of the individual who died. What is known is that the deceased was an older man from Garden Grove who died from complications due to an infection.

His case is one of five known symptomatic infections this year, according to county health officials. There is also one asymptomatic case, increasing the county’s total to six individuals, which is only one shy of last year’s total.

Half of the cases involve individuals 50 or older. They, along with individuals with preexisting health concerns, are at the greatest risk of serious complications.

Of the five symptomatic cases, four individuals ultimately needed to be hospitalized. Two suffered from the stronger neuroinvasive disease, which includes symptoms such as severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion, muscle weakness, vision loss and even the rare paralysis.

Health officials recommend that anyone experiencing similar conditions seek medical care.

Three others suffered the West Nile virus fever, which beyond its namesake has symptoms including head and body aches, nausea, fatigue and occasionally a skin rash.

Orange County’s first case of the virus was reported in early August when a child was hospitalized.

What makes the West Nile virus difficult to track is that about 80% of people are asymptomatic, while many who do have symptoms never get tested. Orange County health officials believe the number of actual cases is significantly higher than what is tested.

Last year, the county reported seven infections and one death.

“West Nile virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall,” said Dr. Clayton Chau, acting county health officer, in a statement earlier this summer. “The best way to avoid West Nile virus infection is to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.”

Some of the recommendations include emptying all standing water on a property, making sure windows and door screens are properly sealed, using insect repellent, limiting outdoor activity at dawn or dusk, and wearing long sleeves and pants while outdoors.

Last week, Orange County’s Mosquito and Vector Control District sprayed parts of La Habra with Wide Area Larvicide Spray, or WALS, along with Ultra-Low Volume, or ULV adulticide treatment. According to the department, the action was needed “to address the increase in mosquito abundance and risk of mosquito-borne disease” in the city.

Fullerton and Buena Park also received treatments in August.

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West Ham launch £14m transfer bid for Hans Vanaken but Club Brugge demand more to sell their best playmaker

WEST HAM have offered £14million for Club Brugge star Hans Vanaken, according to reports.

According to HLN in Belgium, the Hammers identified Vanaken as one of their top transfer targets this summer.

1West Ham made a bid of £14m for Club Brugge playmaker Hans VanakenCredit: Getty Images - Getty

But it is understood the Belgian side have rejected the bid as they demand more for one of their standout players.

They are desperate to hold on to the Belgium international, who signed a new five-year contract a year ago.

Vanaken smashed in 17 goals and added three assists last season before the campaign was cut short and Club Brugge were crowned champions.

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That included a strike against European giants Real Madrid in the Champions League.

And he has continued his fine form this term with four goals and two assists in his opening seven matches.

The report adds it is unclear whether Vanaken wants to leave the title-challengers and his homeland to move to London, especially with West Ham only scraping survival last year.

Brugge have qualified for the Champions League again but West Ham risk being involved in a relegation battle once again.

David Moyes has only made Tomas Soucek's loan permanent and added teenager Ossama Ashley from AFC Wimbledon this summer while Grady Diangana was controversially sold.

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Co-owner David Sullivan appeared on talkSPORT last week, admitting his club may make no more signings before deadline day on Monday.

He also admitted the club had bought a "pile" of players who've failed to make an impact.

Sullivan said: “We have a number of bids in for a number if players, but teams don’t want to lose them - these are key players at decent sized clubs outside the UK.

“I’m waiting for targets for the manager and we’ve got two or three bids in, but unfortunately the benchmark is very high and it’s very hard to get those players.

“We have got limited funds - if we had £400m to spend and someone said you spend 10 per cent of it – £40m – on a 28-year-old centre-back from a Premier League club who will remain nameless, at £40m you’d probably get the player out.

“We’ve chased dreams the last two years and bought a pile of players who haven’t impacted the club.

“I can’t just go and sign two or three players the manager doesn’t want. I could quite easily tomorrow go and sign two or three players but we’d have a civil war at West Ham, because I don’t pick the players.

“I cannot say for sure that we are going to sign anybody. As each day passes I am getting more depressed.”

Adrian Durham says West Ham players Mark Noble and Jack Wilshere were wrong to comment on Grady Diangana’s sale

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