Stockton Woman’s Death Traced Back to West Nile Virus

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STOCKTON—

The last West Nile death reported in San Joaquin County was in 2007 – that is until recently when the infection took the life of an 83-year-old Stockton woman.

“They are doing the spraying and mosquito control in the area where the illnesses have occurred to try to prevent any further illnesses,” said Dr. Cora Hoover, assistant health officer in San Joaquin County.

That procedure is standard for the mosquito transferred infection.

Most infections don’t result in serious illnesses. Less than 1%  will experience encephalitis or meningitis.

“Only about 20% of people become ill, and of that percentage only a small percentage become seriously ill or need hospitalization,” Hoover said.

Still, public health officials stress the importance of prevention.

Like limiting early morning time outdoors

“Because those are the hours when mosquitos are most likely to bite,” Hoover said.

You should also use mosquito repellent with the ingredient DEET, And try to remove or stay away from standing water.

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