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County reports West Nile virus death

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POSTED August 15, 2013 12:03 p.m.

The San Joaquin County Department of Public Health Services has reported the county’s first death attributed to the West Nile virus since 2007.

An 83-year-old Stockton woman has died from the mosquito-borne virus.

While the risk of death from infection is low, primarily leaving young children and seniors susceptible, Thursday’s announcement marks the second time this year Public Health Services has had to alert the public after discovering an active host.

Last month a sample test from a 52-year-old that went to donate blood came back positive. He was asymptomatic and ended up showing no signs.

“We want to remind the public that although the risk of death from West Nile Virus is low, this unfortunate death reminds us that we need to protect ourselves from mosquito bites to prevent infection,” said County Health Officer Dr. Karen Furst.

To contact Jason Campbell, email jcampbell@mantecabulletin.com.

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