CHA News Article

First Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Sacramento County

Last week, the Sacramento County Division of Public Health confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Sacramento County for this year’s mosquito season, which begins in summer and continues through fall. Statewide, 41 cases from nine counties have been reported. Clinicians are encouraged to consider West Nile virus for any patients with febrile or acute neurologic illness who have recent exposure to mosquitos, blood transfusion or organ transplant; test suspected patients by collecting blood, cerebrospinal fluid or tissue; and report laboratory-confirmed cases via CalREDIE. More information is available in the attached advisory.