A state laboratory in Richmond on Thursday confirmed a Central County woman was infected with the virus. She suffered from mild symptoms and is expected to make a full recovery. There have been no fatalities related to West Nile virus in Contra Costa since 2006.
West Nile virus is spread to humans from the bite of infected mosquitoes, according to Susan Farley, communicable disease controller with Contra Costa Health Services. “It is important to remember that West Nile virus is absolutely preventable,” she said. “The best thing people can do is to wear insect repellant outdoors, avoid going outside around dawn and dusk, and dump and drain standing water where mosquitoes breed.”
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