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A review of hospital discharge data from 2009-2010 found that 80% of patients with illness potentially compatible with neuro-invasive arboviral disease were not tested for WNV. While there is no specific treatment for WNV, testing can help differentiate WNV from other conditions, provide anticipatory guidance for patients as they experience potentially lingering symptoms, and help mosquito control and public health agencies institute proper control measures to prevent further cases. We encourage reporting of suspected and confirmed cases of West Nile virus to Contra Costa Public Health. West Nile Virus testing is available through Contra Costa Public Health Lab.To report , fax a completed case history form to 925-313-6465 or call 925-313-6740 during normal business hours. To contact the Public Health lab for test questions call 925-370-5775.

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