Mira Mesa man has West Nile

A 20-year-old Mira Mesa man became the 12th person in San Diego County to get West Nile Virus this year, county health officials said today. Two of those cases are in Del Mar.

The man was hospitalized with West Nile virus-related meningitis and is recovering at home, according to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Agency.

“West Nile virus cases are being diagnosed all over California but especially in Southern California,’' said Dr. Dean Sidelinger, the county’s deputy public health officer.

“Most people won’t experience any symptoms, but one in 150 will develop serious neurological conditions such as meningitis,’' he said. “Take steps now to protect against contracting West Nile virus.’'

A total of 15 people tested positive for the mosquito-borne disease locally last year.

Sidelinger said residents can protect against West Nile virus by using insect repellent, wearing long sleeves and long pants when outdoors and ensuring screens are tightly secured.

Another 19 dead birds also tested positive for West Nile virus last week in San Diego County, bringing the total number to 380 this year, according to county Vector Control.