Tag: West Nile Virus

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 Cases of West Nile Virus Appear

San Bernardino County, CA – Two human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) have been confirmed in the County of San Bernardino–the first confirmed this year. At this time last year, the County had a total of three confirmed cases and one death due to the WNV. Historically, the California Department of Public Health has confirmed a total of 57 human cases and two deaths from infection. Most people infected with the virus have no symptoms, but some people may develop a severe fever, head or body ache, rash or vomiting, which can lead to brain inflammation or paralysis. West Nile Virus is transmitted to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito, so the most effective way to avoid infection is to prevent mosquito bites the following precautions: Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active. Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored. Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes could lay eggs (bird baths, old tires, leaky hoses, etc). Apply insect repellent containing a low concentration of DEET.   When using DEET, be sure to read and follow the label instructions. Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting, hole-free screens. County of San Bernardino Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D. says. “People over 50 years old should be especially cautious, as they are more likely to develop serious illness if they contract WNV.” The public can participate in the WNV surveillance program by reporting dead birds to the state’s...

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West Nile Virus Claims One Human Life

The County of San Bernardino Department of Public Health confirmed this year’s first human death from West Nile Virus (WNV) this month. After extending condolences to the victim’s family, San Bernardino County Health Officer Maxwell Ohikhuare, M.D. turned his attention to prevention, saying, “We continue to see an increase of WNV activity throughout the county and therefore, we strongly encourage that the public takes appropriate precautionary measures to protect themselves against mosquito bites. 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 through the bite of an infected mosquito that has fed on an infected bird. Signs and symptoms of WNV 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. San Bernardino County citizens can protect themselves from mosquito bites by taking the following precautions: 1)     DAWN and DUSK – Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active. 2)     DRESS – Wear shoes, socks, long pants and long-sleeved shirts that are loose fitting and light colored. 3)     DRAIN – Remove or drain all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs such as birdbaths, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters or puddles from leaky sprinklers. 4)     DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET.  When using DEET, be sure...

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West Nile Virus Spreads Across San Bernardino County

San Bernardino County, CA, August 29, 2013 – As the Labor Day holiday weekend approaches, many people will be enjoying outdoor activities, and it is important for them to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes. The state laboratory has confirmed increased West Nile Virus (WNV) activity within San Bernardino County. So far this season, the disease has been confirmed in the valley, mountains, High Desert, and Colorado River Basin. A Victorville resident was hospitalized and has now recovered from WNV. Three dead birds (in Redlands, San Bernardino and Upland) and six sentinel chickens (in Needles and Yucaipa) have tested positive for WNV. Additionally, three samples of mosquitos (in Needles, the Wineville Basin in the Fontana/Ontario flood control channel, and in the Day Creek Basin in the Rancho Cucamonga flood control channel) were WNV-positive. The California Department of Public Health says that because of the widespread indicators of the virus, people should assume it is present throughout the region and take safety precautions. They offer these guidelines: * It is very important that property owners remove all sources of stagnant water from their property, such as birdbaths, green swimming pools, ponds, old tires, buckets, clogged gutters, or even puddles from leaky sprinklers. * Residents can play a role in preventing WNV from further spreading in our county by reporting sources of mosquito breeding to the County of San Bernardino’s Mosquito and Vector Control Program at (800) 442-2283. * Avoid spending time outside when mosquitos...

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Mosquitoes Test Positive for West Nile Virus in S. B. County

  San Bernardino County, CA, August 6, 2013 – With mosquitoes near Fontana and in Needles testing positive for West Nile Virus recently, residents throughout San Bernardino County are encouraged to take the following precautions: ·        Remove all standing water around your property where mosquitoes lay eggs such as birdbaths, clogged gutters, or even puddles from leaky sprinklers. ·        Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, at dawn and dusk. ·        Apply insect repellent containing DEET. ·        Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes. The California Department of Public Health also encourages the public to participate in the surveillance program by reporting dead birds or squirrels to the State West Nile Virus toll-free hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD, or online. Mosquitoes can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, potentially transmitting the virus and impacting entire neighborhoods....

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