Below are statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Contra Costa Mosquito & Vector Control District on West Nile virus.
- 296 human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the U.S. so far this year; 11 people have died. One in 5 people who are infected will develop a fever along with other symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
- Less than 1 percent of people infected will develop a serious neurological illness. The symptoms of neurological illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures or paralysis.
- Most people are infected from June through September from a mosquito bite.
- Contra Costa County has between three and 11 human West Nile virus cases reported each year.
- In 2006, two Contra Costa residents died from West Nile virus disease
- So far this year, there have been 59 reported human cases of West Nile virus in the state, one in Contra Costa.
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