Tag: San Bernardino County Department Of Public Health

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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Keep The Flu Away, Get Your Shot Today

San Bernardino, CA, January 15, 2013 – The United States is experiencing an early flu season this year and almost every state has reported widespread flu activity. It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health recommends getting a flu shot because it will still protect you this flu season, which has yet to peak in California.  A seasonal flu shot is recommended every year to help protect you, your family, and the community from the flu. The flu is an illness caused by the influenza viruses and is easily spread from one person to another. Symptoms can range from mild to severe and can lead to hospitalization and even death. Get your flu vaccine today to protect yourself, family, coworkers, and others in the community from getting sick from the flu. For information about community clinic locations and times, please visit the County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health...

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