First West Nile cases confirmed in 2018

The Pantagraph  David Proeber via AP

The Pantagraph David Proeber via AP

The California Department of Public Health said Friday that the first four cases of humans contracting West Nile thus far this year have been recorded in four Southern California counties.

The two samples, collected from traps near Portola Avenue and Shadow Mountain Drive and Fairway Drive and Cook Street in Indian Wells, tested positive Thursday, according to the Coachella Valley Mosquito and Vector Control District. The state saw 90 human cases of the virus past year, including eight deaths.

In 2017, MS had 63 cases of West Nile.

Any activity that prevents mosquitoes from biting or breeding can help to reduce the risk of becoming infected with West Nile virus.

The first human case of the virus this season occurred recently in the Chicago area. Common symptoms include fever, nausea, headache and muscle aches.

Department of Public Health issued the following announcement on June 23.

People can make their environment less hospitable to mosquitos by preventing standing water from accumulating around their home and wearing insect repellant, health officials say. In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or even death, can occur. Often there are no symptoms, but those older than 60 are more likely to die or to develop a severe illness. People who observe a sick or dying crow, blue jay, robin or other perching bird should contact their local health department, which will determine if the bird will be picked up for testing.

West Nile virus was first detected in the U.S.in 1999.

Wear protective clothing. If you are in an area with many mosquitoes, wear loose fitting, light coloured clothing, full-length trousers, and a long-sleeved shirt. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old vehicle tires, buckets, and other containers.

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