Year's first human West Nile Virus case reported in San Diego


Last updated 9/23/2021 at 4:53pm

The West Nile Virus is spread through mosquito bites, and has only a few cases per year in San Diego County.

José A. Álvarez

County of San Diego Communications Office

A 53-year-old San Diego County resident is the first locally acquired case of West Nile Virus this year, the County Health and Human Services Agency announced Sept. 17.

The La Jolla man was hospitalized but is expected to recover.

There was one West Nile virus case in San Diego County in 2020, three in 2019 and two in 2018.

West Nile virus is mainly a bird disease but can be transmitted to people by certain species of native San Diego County mosquitoes that first feed on an infected bird or animal and then bite a person.

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