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Media Advisory

Media Briefing on WNV Death, Infections

August 24, 2006


Contra Costa Health Services will conduct a media briefing on the first human death from West Nile Virus (WNV) in Contra Costa County. An elderly woman has died and two other WNV cases involving Contra Costa residents have been reported to the health department. Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District also will provide information on mosquito control and scheduled aerial spraying.


The briefing will be conducted by Dr. Wendel Brunner, Contra Costa County Public Health Director, and Craig Downs, General Manager, Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District.


11 a.m. Thursday, August 24, 2006


Courtyard at Contra Costa Health Services, between 595 and 597 Center Ave., Martinez, CA 94553

For more information on WNV symptoms, prevention and testing, call the County Health Department's Health Emergency Information Line, 1-888-959-9911 or 211 or visit its website at For information on Contra Costa Mosquito and Vector Control District, call 925-685-9301 or visit

No interviews will be provided prior to the briefing.

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Press Contact
  • Julie Freestone
  • 925-313-6268