Season's 1st Human Case of West Nile Virus Confirmed in LA County

Lynette PayneJun 18, 2018

In 2016, there were 10 confirmed human West Nile Virus cases in the county and there has not been a death from the illness since 2015.

North Dakota had 62-human cases of West Nile past year. Most people who are infected don't feel any symptoms. Reported cases from mosquito and tick bites in IL have increased by more than half (58 percent) from 2005 to 2016. Moreover, Public Health continues to report elevated numbers of WNV cases in LA County over the previous 5 years, at an average of 221 cases per year.

The cases occurred in Los Angeles, Kern and Riverside counties.

West Nile Virus is one of several viruses that can be transmitted to people by mosquitoes.

"By working together with the community, we will continue to reduce the risk of West Nile virus and keep our community safe and healthy".

As of June 8, the West Nile Virus has been detected in 14 dead birds from seven counties and four mosquito samples from three counties.

Health officials say anyone who becomes ill after exposure to mosquitoes should contact his or her health care provider. "Taking just a few minutes to remove any standing water from your yard, apply recommended mosquito repellents, and ensure your window and door screens are free of holes can help protect you and your community from this unsafe disease", said Jared Dever, District Manager of the San Gabriel Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District.

Public Health collaborates with local vector control agencies to target areas for mosquito control activities as well as educate people about how to protect themselves.

Avoid mosquito-infested areas at dawn and dusk.

The mosquitoes have been known to carry several viruses including Zika.

Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk, and wear long trousers, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing outside. Empty and scrub the water sources. Citizens are encouraged to deal with mosquitoes on private property and eliminate stagnant water - a breeding ground for mosquitos - which is an important aspect of mosquito prevention.

Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.

Stock garden ponds with goldfish or other mosquito-eating fish.

Check your window screens for holes.

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