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Three in Contra Costa County diagnosed with West Nile virus

Original post made on Oct 5, 2010

Three people in Contra Costa County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus, the first human cases identified in the county this year, according to Contra Costa Health Services.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, October 4, 2010, 8:25 PM

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Posted by Psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2010 at 2:48 pm

"Contra Costa County Health Services spokeswoman Kate Fowlie said the health department was not releasing information about what cities the people live in because "everyone should assume that West Nile virus is in their communities."

Health Services and Vector Control SHOULD be releasing the cities of the victims (and as much information as is known about where and how they got bitten). The more informed that we the citizens are, the better. It is OUR choice about what to do with the information, not their choice about whether or not to give it out.

So why do they give out the location of found "infected dead birds"? I think that this info helps us better assess the degree of risk in various geographic locations.
Example: If there are many infected birds and people in Antioch, but none in Concord, then this may influence people's decisions about outdoor events in those various cities and how they dress and prepare.

How do we get Health Services to make full disclosure!?! By what legal authority do they have the right to not disclose this information?

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Posted by psmacintosh
a resident of Danville
on Oct 5, 2010 at 2:57 pm

The article isn't clear about what symptoms are involved.
See Web Link for full info.

Symptoms of having West Nile virus can be the following range:
no symptoms at all, or
fever, headache, tiredness, and body aches, occasionally with a skin rash (on the trunk of the body) and swollen lymph glands, or
headache, high fever, neck stiffness, stupor, disorientation, coma, tremors, convulsions, muscle weakness, and paralysis, or
even leading to death.

It would be better if people/cities were taken this problem more seriously!

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Posted by Joe
a resident of San Ramon
on Oct 6, 2010 at 7:59 am

Thank You psmacintosh.

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