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Health Advisory West Nile virus most active in August Interior Health Aug 07 2019
11 August, 2019, 15:40
It says the species of mosquito that is most likely to carry the virus, becomes more active in August. As of Friday, the agency stated, four human cases of West Nile virus have been reported statewide - one each in Fresno, Imperial, San Bernardino and Stanislaus counties.
Approximately 80 percent of those infected with the virus will not show any symptoms, but about one in 150 will develop a severe neuroinvasive illness that can include high fever, headache, neck stiffness, seizures and paralysis. The virus was detected in 217 people, 501 birds and 1,963 mosquito samples previous year.
Under the program, mosquito traps are put in place to collect pools of mosquitoes and mosquito populations are monitored throughout the summer months.
The last time aerial spraying was conducted over the city was in 2014.
Two people tested positive for West Nile Virus in Fresno County at the end of July, according to the county's public health department, and five others were suspected of carrying the virus.
"With the warmer temperatures we've seen recently West Nile virus activity continues to increase", said Gary Goodman, manager of the Sacramento-Yolo district.
EEE is a rare but serious illness spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
IHA said while the risk of becoming seriously ill from the West Nile virus is low for most people, those most at risk are the elderly and those with compromised immune systems.
When mosquito activity rises to a level considered unsafe for public health, Sacramento-Yolo mosquito district officials have conducted aerial spraying in the past. · Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. For example, dump standing water from flowerpots, planter bases, bird baths, toys, cans, rain gutters, pet dishes, buckets, and old tires.
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