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(dailynews.com) California Department of Public Health confirmed a Los Angeles County resident from the San Fernando Valley was among the first three human deaths from West Nile virus.

Two residents, one in San Bernardino County and another in Kern County, have also died, according to the state.

People living in Los Angeles, Arcadia, Long Beach, Whittier and more than a dozen other cities have been diagnosed with the virus, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Health and the Long Beach Department of Health and Human Services.

Pasadena resident TJ Mastros is one of them.

TJ Mastros believes it was in his backyard where the mosquito that robbed him of more than a decade of progress on his health took its fateful bite.

“I do a lot of yard work, and maybe I just stood there and let this guy suck my blood,” said Mastros, 75, who was diagnosed with West Nile Virus in August.