An unidentified 56-year-old man has become the second Del Mar resident to be diagnosed with the West Nile virus. The diagnosis was confirmed today by the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency. The man was not hospitalized.
A month ago, a 58-year-old Del Mar woman was also confirmed by the agency to have contracted the virus.
This latest diagnosis brings the year-to-date total of West Nile virus cases in San Diego County to 10. This week two Orange County residents died of complications from the virus.
"Southern California is being hit hard by the virus this year," said Wilma Wooten, a County Public Health officer. "The local dead bird count continues to rise, and as we know, that's an indicator of West Nile virus levels in a community. We urge the public to take appropriate precautions to prevent the spread of WNV, including using insect repellent and checking around their property for mosquito breeding sources.
To date, 318 dead birds and eight sentinel chickens have tested positive for the virus this year. One horse has died and 13 positive mosquito batches have been identified. Health and Human Services is working closely with the County Department of Environmental Health to check for and eradicate possible sources of the virus in San Diego County.
For more information or to report dead birds, call the County's toll-free information hotline at (888) 551-INFO or go to