Two more San Diego County residents have contracted West Nile virus, bringing the total number of locally acquired human cases this year to seven, county health officials said today.
The latest cases of infection with the mosquito-borne disease involve a 52-year-old central San Diego man and a 48-year-old El Cajon woman, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.
The man is undergoing rehabilitation after being hospitalized with myelitis, a loss of nerve function to the lower legs, according to the HHSA.
The woman is recovering at home after being hospitalized with meningitis after developing symptoms of West Nile virus.
"We urge the public to take precautions, such as using insect repellent, to prevent the spread of West Nile virus,'' said Dr. Wilma Wooten, the county's public health officer. "Though most people display no symptoms, it can result in serious health complications for some.''
Last year, 15 people tested positive for West Nile virus in San Diego County, according to the HHSA.