Stockton woman contracted the West Nile virus

A 74-year-old Stockton woman was hospitalized in September and died, but the cause of death is still unknown.

SAN JOAQUIN COUNTY, California – The San Joaquin County’s public health service has confirmed its first case of the West Nile virus this year.

A 74-year-old Stockton woman was hospitalized in September and died, but the cause of death is still unknown.

The West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals through the bite of an infected mosquito. The majority of people who contract West Nile virus do not get sick and the risk of developing serious illness is low, according to public health data.

People aged 50 and over are at the greatest risk of infection.

Some of the symptoms of a severe infection include a headache, a stiff neck, and disorientation. Public health advises anyone with these symptoms to see a doctor immediately.

San Joaquin Public Health recommends these three precautions to avoid being bitten by an infected mosquito.

  1. Drain standing water where mosquitoes lay their eggs.
  2. Avoid early morning and evening activities when mosquitoes are most active.
  3. Wear long sleeves and pants and use EPA registered insect repellent.

California reported its first death from the West Nile virus in July of 2021.

As of October 8, there are 70 confirmed cases of the West Nile virus in humans in California. There is currently no cure or vaccine for the West Nile virus.

For more information and resources on West Nile Virus, click HERE.

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