SLO County resident tests positive for West Nile Virus

August 18, 2016

mosquitoA San Luis Obispo County resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the county public health department. The positive test marks the first confirmed case of a person in the county contracting the virus since 2009.

Health officials say the virus was detected through routine blood donor screening. The afflicted resident is displaying no symptoms and is doing well.

“This case of West Nile Virus in a blood donor reminds us that the virus is present in our county,” Health Officer Penny Borenstein said.

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that most often spreads through the bite of an infected mosquito. The virus can be passed on to others through transfusions, and an infection is potentially fatal.

Most people infected with West Nile do not show symptoms. Approximately 20 percent of those infected develop mild symptoms, such as fever and body aches, which typically last a few days. About 1 in 150 people who become infected with the virus develop severe illness.

The most effective way to avoid the disease is to prevent mosquito bites, Borenstein said. To ward off mosquitoes, health officials recommend applying insect repellant; wearing protective clothing; repairing or replacing broken screens in homes; eliminating all standing water near homes; and frequently changing pet drinking water containers.


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5 Comments

  1. Ricky2 says:

    This stupid announcement is typical of the idiots at SLO County Health Department. Why did they put out such a vague announcement? Just to scare us? How about telling us where the mosquitoes that caused this are thriving? Carrizo Plain, Nipomo, San Simeon, where? Oh, I know why; it’s revenge for us voting down a mosquito abatement district.

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  2. Jorge Estrada says:

    Have you visited the Oracle Oak West Nile – Izeka Virus Vector Farm? I heard about it through the “no more” grapes vine. This National Forest Designated Sensitive Resource
    Area is also a Federally designated Biological Preserve and steelhead tributary (Sully Springs thence Tassajara Creek). A environmentalist vector farm must be a loop hole for this stagnant discharge or the County, State and Feds are going to open their eyes and start reading very soon.

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    • Ricky2 says:

      Can you translate so the rest of us have some idea what you’re talking about?

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      • Jorge Estrada says:

        Mosquitos are vectors for these discussed diseases yet there is this violation of governance or the lack of consideration for others while hosting a habitat for mosquitos, a vector farm.

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