Stanislaus County officials are reporting that a 90-year-old man has died from West Nile Virus (WNV). As of Sept. 23, 2016, there have been five WNV related fatalities reported throughout the State of California.
Tuesday’s announcement was the first confirmed death from the virus in Stanislaus County.
“We all grieve the death of this gentleman,” said Dr. John Walker, Public Health Officer. “The WNV season extends into October in Stanislaus County so it is important for residents to continue to take precautions to prevent mosquito bites.”
Horse owners are also urged to consult their veterinarians about proper and timely West Nile Virus vaccinations.
All blood donors are screened for WNV to ensure that the blood supply remains safe for those needing transfusions. This ensures that WNV is not transmitted via blood transfusions.
For more information on WNV call the hotline at (209) 558-8425 or visit www.stanemergency.com.