Tag: Mosquito Vector Control

First Death From West Nile Virus Confirmed

San Bernardino County, CA, August 18, 2015 – San Bernardino County Department of Public Health has confirmed the first death from West Nile Virus in 2015. A total of five WNV cases have been confirmed within the County this year. San Bernardino County reported eight confirmed cases at this time in 2014 with no deaths. Throughout the state, there are 36 confirmed WNV cases so far this year. This amount exceeds the California five-year annual average of 23 cases. “We continue to see an increase of West Nile Virus activity throughout the county and therefore, we strongly encourage that the public takes appropriate precautionary measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” said Dr. Maxwell Ohikhuare, Health Officer. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract the virus.” WNV is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of the virus may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms. However, some people may develop severe symptoms which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. The most effective way to avoid WNV infection is to prevent mosquito bites. Residents can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions: • DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are...

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Human Case Of West Nile Virus In San Bernardino County

San Bernardino, CA, August 28, 2012 – After a 24-year-old woman from Fontana was hospitalized with West Nile Virus the CDC wants to raise public awareness of the virus. The case in Fontana is the first human case of West Nile Virus in 2012 in San Bernardino County. West Nile Virus activity across the nation has been at a record-high. Almost 700 human cases of the virus (including 26 fatalities) have been reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The California Department of Public Health encourages the public to participate in the WNV surveillance program, by reporting dead birds or squirrels to the State West Nile Virus toll-free hotline at 877-WNV-BIRD, or online at the California West Nile Virus website. Property owners with pools are encouraged to keep them clean. Mosquitoes lay their eggs in unmaintained green pools and can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, potentially transmitting the virus and impacting entire neighborhoods. You should report green pools and other sources of mosquito breeding to the County of San Bernardino’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program at...

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West Nile Virus And Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week April 22-28, 2012

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