Orange County Health Care Agency
Press Release, for Immediate Release: December 17, 2012
Orange County Reports West Nile Virus Related Fatality
(Santa Ana) – A 61 year old Orange County woman died last week of West Nile Virus (WNV) infection after a several-week illness. She had the more severe form of WNV infection, West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease.
As of December 5 the total number of reported symptomatic cases of WNV infection in Orange County is 39, and 6 blood donors have tested positive for the virus. Cases most frequently occur inthe summer and fall, and most Orange County cases this year occurred in September and October. While the number of cases has decreased significantly in the last month this is the highest number of WNV infections and the first WNV related fatality in the County since 2008, when there were 79 total WNV infections and three WNV related fatalities. “This unfortunate death shows how serious West Nile Virus infection can be,” said Dr. Eric G. Handler, County Health Officer. Continue reading