The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has reported that a Santa Clara County woman has tested positive for West Nile virus.
This is the first confirmed human case of the virus in the County this year. The woman became ill in mid-July, was hospitalized briefly, and is now recovering at home.
So far this year in California, there have been 14 confirmed cases of West Nile virus in humans. Two of those cases have been fatal.
The last human case of West Nile Virus in Santa Clara County was in 2011, which was fatal. Prior to that, there was one case in 2008, four in 2007, and five in 2006.
People can take steps to protect themselves from contracting West Nile Virus, including: