Virus causing encephalitis found in Stanislaus County mosquito. Are humans at risk?

From the Modesto Bee
September 15, 2021

The virus that causes St. Louis encephalitis was detected in a mosquito sample in Stanislaus County, health officials said Wednesday.

The St. Louis virus is a relative of the West Nile virus, which gets attention in the Central Valley every year for causing a potentially deadly neurological illness in some residents.

In a small number of cases, St. Louis encephalitis may include symptoms such as headache, confusion, dizziness, seizures, paralysis or even death. But most people who become infected will not feel sick.

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