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County Updates West Nile Numbers
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The latest numbers for West Nile Virus in San Joaquin County show that human cases have risen to four for this year, with the recent diagnosis of a 57-year-old man in the Central County area suffering from the virus. He was hospitalized with the West Nile virus neuroinvasive form of the disease.

One additional dead bird has tested positive, bringing the total for 2009 to 22, according to San Joaquin County Public Health Officer Karen Furst.

Spraying of areas hard hit by the virus-carrying mosquitoes continues on a regular basis throughout the county and residents are still being advised to take precautionary measures. That includes dumping any standing water on your property and using mosquito repellant when taking part in outdoor activities.

The total of mosquito groups testing positive for West Nile so far this year is 77, with 14 groups testing positive in the past week alone. Eight additional sentinel chickens have tested positive, bringing the total to nine and the total of horses testing positive for WNV this year remained steady this week, still at two positive tests.

Meanwhile, county health officials are also continuing to deal with the H1N1 influenza virus and hosted a Pandemic Influenza Leadership Summit on the subject on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at the San Joaquin County Robert J. Cabral Agricultural Center in Stockton.

Those attending took part in various workshops and heard from keynote speaker Gilberto F. Chavez, MD, a state epidemiologist and Chief of the Center for Infectious Diseases at the California Department of Public Health.