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West Nile Virus - 41 Positive Cases


Last updated 12/11/2015 at 1:23pm

Winter's colder temperatures haven’t put off the threat of West Nile virus, as the number of county residents who have tested positive for the disease reaches 41.

The total number of West Nile virus cases has increased from 35 in mid-November to 41 as of this week. At the same time, County environmental health officials said they are still collecting dead infected birds: 47 since Nov. 1, bringing this year’s total to 362.

State officials report that 706 people have tested positive for the virus this year and 39 have died, the highest single-year total since the disease was first found here in 2003. That total includes five deaths in San Diego County.

As of Dec. 9, San Diego County officials reported:

38 confirmed human cases, including five previously reported deaths, and three probable human cases.

Three suspected human cases with tests pending

362 dead infected birds recovered

49 batches of infected mosquitoes collected

12 sentinel chickens testing positive for West Nile virus

One horse testing positive for West Nile virus

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