13 more cases suspsected, including 2 deaths as outbreak widens
County News Service
October 8, 2015 (San Diego) – Five new patients are confirmed to have been infected with West Nile virus, bringing the total number of people who have contracted the mosquito-driven disease this year to 11. These include the second fatality this year localy---a 73-year-old El Cajon man who died October 4.
One newly confirmed case was detected after a routine blood donation last week by a 56-year-old San Diego woman had symptoms consistent with the virus, and three other cases confirmed by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) in patients who were hospitalized in September: a 77-year-old San Diego woman, a 53-year-old San Diego man, and a 60-year-old Ramona woman.
In addition, there are 13 suspected San Diego County cases pending confirmation by CDPH, including two suspected deaths.