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

San Bernardino, CA, April 25, 2012, 3:00pm – Mosquitoes and warm weather go hand in hand, and with that in mind, the California State Legislature has declared this week (April 22-28, 2012) West Nile Virus and Mosquito & Vector Control Awareness Week in California. West Nile Virus is spread by mosquitoes and can result in severe illness and even death in humans, horses, some bird species, and other wildlife. The Program Manager at the County Department of Public Health says “West Nile virus and other mosquito-borne illnesses continue to threaten public health in San Bernardino County,” and he says “Because these diseases are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, residents should take extra precautions to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites and prevent mosquito breeding in their neighborhoods.” To help reduce the spread West Nile virus you should eliminate or manage all sources of standing water to discourage mosquito breeding.  Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and the first two hours after sunset. If you are outdoors when mosquitoes are biting, wear long pants and long-sleeved shirts.  Apply insect repellent according to label instructions, and make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. If there is a significant mosquito problem or potential mosquito breeding source where you live or work contact the Mosquito and Vector Control Program at 909-388-4600. For more information...

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