Stanislaus County officials reported the county’s first West Nile virus death after a 74-year-old man contracted the virus.
“This serves as a warning that WNV is a serious disease that may lead to hospitalization and can even result in death,” Stanislaus County public health officer Julie Vaishampayan said.
Since the start of the year, Stanislaus County Public Health has reported five cases of neuroinvasive West Nile virus, seven cases of West Nile fever and three asymptomatic infections in blood donors and an additional 20 cases remain under investigation.
Vaishampayan cautioned that older adults and those with weak immune systems have the highest risk of serious West Nile virus infections or the neuroinvasive symptoms of the disease such as meningitis, encephalitis and paralysis.
West Nile virus season extends into October in Stanislaus County, and residents are urged residents to take precautions.