First confirmed case of West Nile Virus in San Luis Obispo County since 2009

Aug 18, 2016

The San Luis Obispo County Public Health Department says the county now has its first confirmed case of West Nile Virus since 2009. 

The local resident who tested positive had no symptoms and is said to be doing well.

County Health's Doctor Penny Borenstien said this local infection serves as a good reminder that SLO County has the mosquitos that transmit the disease.

The San Luis Obispo County case is the first on our stretch of the Central Coast this year. Neither Monterey nor Santa Barbara Counties have registered a confirmed case, according the State of California.

While most people don't show any symptoms, less than one percent will develop severe illness and the virus can be fatal.

SLO County Health recommends appropriately using insect repellant containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 to protect against mosquito bites.