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First Confirmed WNV Human Case in Santa Clara County this Year

Published on: 10/30/2013 4:58 PM
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: 
  • Use insect repellents when you go outdoors. Repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, and some oil of lemon, eucalyptus and para-menthane-diol products provide longer-lasting protection. 
  • Dress in long sleeves and pants if you are outside from dusk through dawn when many mosquitoes are most active.
    Be sure to install or repair screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out. 
  • Help reduce the number of mosquitoes around your home by emptying standing water from containers such as flowerpots, gutters, buckets, pool covers, pet water dishes, discarded tires, and birdbaths. 
  • Report moquito breeding sources to the Santa Clara County Vector Control District.