West Nile virus: 12 human cases reported in the Las Vegas area

Grant Boone
August 7, 2019

In Los Angeles County, the West Nile Virus has contracted two people. "Yearly in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus an infection, which may be severe, even deadly, particularly for folks over 50 and those who have existing health issues", L.A. County health officer Dr. Davis mentioned in an announcement.

Both individuals turned ill with West Nile, which is transmitted to people through a mosquito bite, late last month and are recovering, officials stated Monday.

The mosquitoes get infected when feeding on birds with the virus, and the insects pass on the virus to humans. Symptoms may include fever, headache, nausea, body aches, and a mild skin rash.

"Right now we don't have any mosquitoes that have tested positive for West Nile in the province". WNV can affect the nervous system and result in meningitis, encephalitis, paralysis and even death.

The stormy, unstable weather the area has been experiencing causes the mosquitoes to be inactive.

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According to state health officials, there had only been four human cases reported in California as of Friday - in Stanislaus, Fresno, San Bernardino and Imperial counties.

Consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when you are outdoors, particularly at these times and when in areas where more mosquitoes are present.

DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package.

If the standing water can not be drained, a larvicide should be used. On its website, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health provides further guidelines for those seeking information on preventative measures. There is no vaccine for WNV and no treatment to cure the illness once an individual becomes sick. More than three-quarters of reported cases have had severe disease and approximately 7% of patients with severe WNV have died from complications.

The Health District continues to urge people to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

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