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West Nile Virus Reaches San Diego

 

Last updated 8/27/2015 at 9:48am



The West Nile Virus has reached the San Diego region. On Monday, Aug. 24, a 73-year-old man was diagnosed with the disease after being admitted to a hospital earlier this month. The man presented symptoms of encephalitis. A state lab confirmed that he has the West Nile Virus. The man is still hospitalized.

Health officials said that about 80 percent of people with the West Nile Virus don't show any symptoms, but the rest have headaches, fever, nausea, fatigue and skin rash, or swollen glands. Officials also advise people to take precautions against this possible life threatening disease.

People should stay away from standing water - where mosquitos breed - stay indoors at sunrise and sunset when mosquitos are most active. People should also wear long sleeves, pants and use repellent when going outdoors. They should also contact their vector control program when dead birds are found - some die of the disease after being bitten by an infected mosquito - or if a swimming pool has a green color, by calling 858-694-2888 or e-mail vector@sdcounty.ca.gov.

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