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First human West Nile virus case reported in San Joaquin County

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Posted: Monday, July 29, 2013 2:39 pm

A 65-year-old Stockton man has been infected with the West Nile virus, according to San Joaquin County Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst.

The man is the first human West Nile case in San Joaquin County this year. He was reported as a blood donor who didn’t experience any symptoms, according to a news release.

Most people infected with the West Nile virus will not become ill, county officials say, but in rare cases, it can be fatal. James A. “Jim” Rodgers, an 86-year-old Acampo resident, died from the virus in 2005.

“Although for reporting purposes this does not meet the case definition for the California Department of Public Health to count as a case, it does indicate that there is currently active transmission of West Nile virus to people in San Joaquin County,” the news release stated.

To avoid being bitten by mosquitos that carry the virus, Furst recommends that area residents apply repellent containing DEET, picaridin or oil from lemon eucalyptus; have secure windows and doors with tight-fitting screens; wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts; and avoid leaving standing water outside.

For more information, call 209-468-3411 or visit www.sjcphs.org.

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