Southern California resident diagnosed with West Nile fever
The 61-year-old is the first person in San Diego County to test positive for West Nile virus this year, local health officials said Wednesday, Aug. 12. Fox5 san diego.
The man, whose name has not been released, was hospitalized and has already recovered. The California Department of Health has confirmed his diagnosis.
According to the San Diego County Health and Human Services Administration, the man said he traveled to Yuma, Arizona, where he was believed to have contracted the virus.
Since January 1, there have been two cases of West Nile virus detection in mosquitoes during routine capture by the county vector control program, one in the Del Mar area and the other in the Black Mountain Ranch area.
In 2019, San Diego County had only three human cases of West Nile Virus, compared with two in 2018.
The state said 2020 people were infected across the state in 11, including a child from neighboring Orange County who was diagnosed and hospitalized last week. There is hope that he will recover.
West Nile virus is mainly a disease of birds, but some mosquito species can transmit to humans - they first feed on infected birds or animals and then bite humans.
About 80% of people infected with West Nile virus are unaware of it and do not experience any symptoms. About one in five people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms such as headache, nausea, fatigue, skin rashes, or swollen glands. About 1 in 150 people who are infected can become seriously ill and die.
People over 50 years of age who have underlying medical conditions are at increased risk.
Public health and environmental health officials recommend following the district's “prevent, protect, report” guidelines to help residents protect themselves from West Nile mosquitoes, as well as invasive Aedes mosquitoes that can transmit tropical diseases, including the virus Zika, dengue and chikungunya.
Throw away or clean up any items inside or outside homes that may contain water, such as plant dishes, gutters, buckets, trash cans, toys, old tires, and wheelbarrows. Mosquito fish, which can be obtained free of charge through a county vector control program, can be used to control mosquito breeding in backyard water sources such as unused pools, ponds, fountains, and horse feeders.
Wear long sleeves and pants, or use repellent outdoors. Use an insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, lemon eucalyptus oil, or IR3535. Make sure the screens on windows and doors are in good condition and protected from insects.
Mosquito season in Southern California usually runs from May to October.
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