Livermore Resident Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District announce Livermore resident with travel history tested positive for West Nile Virus.

A Livermore resident has tested positive for West Nile Virus, according to the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District.

The district on Wednesday announced the following on its Facebook and Twitter sites:

A Livermore resident with a travel history is this year's first West Nile Virus positive human case in Alameda County.

The San Jose Mercury News is reporting the resident to be an elderly man:

The Livermore man, in his 70s, first reported feeling flu-like symptoms in late September, said Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District spokesperson Erika Castillo.

The man's symptoms, however, did not prove to be life-threatening and he is currently recovering, Castillo said.

To date officials report (via westnile.ca.gov):

19 new WNV human cases reported in California this week from the following counties: Alameda (1), Contra Costa (1), Kern (2), Los Angeles (13), Merced (1), and Tehama (1). This is the first WNV human case from Alameda County this year.

Eleven WNV-related fatalities have been reported to date in Fresno (2), Glenn (1), Kern (2), Los Angeles (2), Merced (1), Placer (1), and Sacramento (2) counties. A total of 41 WNV-positive blood donors have been reported this year.

277 human cases from 29 counties have tested positive for WNV in 2012.

In August, officials reported a dead squirrel and dead bird found in Livermore tested positive for the virus.

mike October 17, 2012 at 11:11 PM
West Nile Virus from the West Nile river area of Africa first reported in New York state in 1999 and then spread across the entire continental US reaching California by 2002.
area man October 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Does anybody know who it is? People should be really careful who they share mosquitos with.
Nicole October 17, 2012 at 11:32 PM
Mike? From Springtown?
libertus_rebelium October 17, 2012 at 11:56 PM
There is a guy who works at Marylin Ave School who is out with West Nile too. He doesn't live in the area so the article is likely not about him but that make at least 2 people you may be in contact with in the area.
Californicated1 October 18, 2012 at 12:02 AM
It's a plague! Quick! Quarantine the city at once! Lock up the crazy people! Only in Livermore.
MM October 18, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Over the past 2 years I have found 2 dead birds and 1 squirrel in my yard. I made the necessary calls, but the animals were never tested.
area man October 18, 2012 at 12:42 AM
Now if their dead how are they going to take a test. I have had plenty of tests done on me but all of them while I was alive. If your dead how are you going to know if you passed or failed, Taking tests when your dead that's just silly.
david October 18, 2012 at 02:31 AM
These comments are insane only to be outdone by the pathetic lack of information obtained by journalists from agencies unwilling to tell the whole story.
Big M October 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
Nuke us from orbit... its the only way to make sure.
Peggy October 18, 2012 at 03:58 PM
Wow! Really. Places like this is NOT the place for your so called humor. If you read the report you'll see it's not only in Livermore. Keep your day job.....if you have one.
area man October 18, 2012 at 04:04 PM
Happy Birthday David, Are you going to have a party? If so can we come? I have a silly hat.
Big M October 18, 2012 at 04:31 PM
Lighten up Peggy.
Just Another Dingbat For Romney October 18, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Mine's made out of tinfoil. Gets good reception off the transmitters out there in Walnut Grove.
Just Another Dingbat For Romney October 18, 2012 at 06:00 PM
And get laid, too! And if you have to share your mosquitoes, wear protection! See if you can get mosquito condoms at your local drugstore.
Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District October 18, 2012 at 06:46 PM
There is a state hotline setup to report dead birds and squirrels. Their contact information is 877-WNV-BIRD or www.westnile.ca.gov. Animal pickups for testing have currently stopped for the season but they will resume in the spring. The hotline is still accepting reports on dead birds and squirrels though and that data is inputted into a WNV risk forecast model. If an elevated risk is detected the local mosquito abatement district is informed. The state hotline staff does have guidelines they follow to determine if the dead birds and squirrels are still testable for West Nile Virus since the virus levels drop over time in a dead animal. So not all animals will be tested but all reports are still useful for the risk assessment determination. Thank you for doing your part to help us monitor West Nile Virus activity in our county!
Just Another Dingbat For Romney October 18, 2012 at 07:27 PM
But to really be sure, build yourself a "death star" and destroy the planet.
Wendy Grant October 18, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Ok you guys have me laughing my ass off. I needed a good laugh. :P
Just Another Dingbat For Romney October 18, 2012 at 08:01 PM
What happened? You get some bad news? And if we are cheering you up, this must be some really bad news?
Peggy October 19, 2012 at 05:31 AM
I find it very offensive you all think this is so funny. I just hope your still laughing if you get this virus.
Big M October 19, 2012 at 03:20 PM
I'm offended that you're offended by our humor (or lack thereof in certain folks eyes)! The internet - serious 24/7/365
Californicated1 October 20, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Peggy, When it comes to viruses, keep in mind that human race's war against them is a losing battle. There has never been a successful vaccine against a virus and that these bugs are able to adapt a resistance to a vaccine within the next generation or two. So when it comes to this bug and life, learn to laugh. Because our lives are short in the greater scheme of things. Not all of us can take for granted that we will live to a ripe old age and considering the condition of most folks that do that, not all of us want that to happen to us. So learn to take things in perspective out there. And for heaven's sake, please learn to laugh sometime, you'll get through life easier if you can do that. And while you are at it, pick up a copy of Albert Camus' <as html><i>The Plague</i></as html>. It may help you get through the rest of your life in stride, especially when we all have our habits and diversions out there to keep us occupied as we go through our lives. Good luck, though.
Jimmy October 21, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Its easy,Just spray for them.


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