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First human case of West Nile Virus reported in Glenn County

By Kelli Saam
Published On: Jul 24 2013 11:32:09 AM CDT
Updated On: Jul 24 2013 11:46:27 AM CDT
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WILLOWS, Calif. -

The first human case of West Nile Virus has been reported in the Northstate.  It's only the second human case in the state this year.

According to a news release from the Glenn County Department of Public Health and Human Services, a Glenn County resident is recovering from West Nile virus. The elderly resident who resides in the northern part of the county was hospitalized with serious illness but is currently recovering.

This is the first human case of West Nile virus reported in Glenn County this season and only the second human case in California. The first case was a Sacramento County resident who died.

Experts say prevention is key when it comes to West Nile Virus.

A few simple precautions can reduce the risk of mosquito bites and becoming infected with West Nile virus.  

The 4 "D"s is an easy way to remember how to prevent mosquito bites:
D - DEET:  Use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.  These are the EPA approved mosquito repellents to prevent bites; be sure to follow package instructions for age of person and how to apply
D - Dawn and Dusk: Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most active
D - Doors and windows: Ensure screens on doors and windows are not broken or torn
D - Drain all standing water around the outside of your house - gutters, jar lids, tires, and flower pot trays are common places where water collects

West Nile can be a very serious disease; however, less than 1% of infected people will develop serious illness such as encephalitis or meningitis (inflammation of the brain and surrounding tissues).

Approximately 20% of people who are infected with WNV will develop mild symptoms that may include fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.  Symptoms typically develop from 3 to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito. Although most people bitten by mosquitos carrying the virus do not become ill it is still important to take appropriate precautions.

Glenn County Mosquito and Vector Control District reported that fogging operations throughout the county are well underway and that the schedule can be found at:

www.countyofglenn.net/govt/departments/health_services
 
Additional information on West Nile virus and activity around the state by county can be found on the State of California West Nile virus webpage: www.westnile.ca.gov