Human West Nile Deaths Confirmed in California; 1 in Yuba County

New West Nile Virus case reported in Attala Co

Peak season for WNV is July through September in MS, and State Epidemiologist Dr. Paul Byers said that while most people with WNV infection recover without any long-term problems, some develop a more severe infection that can lead to complications and even death - especially those over 50 years of age.

As of September 7, California Department of Public Health has reported 56 human cases of West Nile virus from 21 California counties this year.

The risk of serious illness to most people is low, health officials said, but less than one percent can develop serious neurologic illnesses such as encephalitis or meningitis.

This is the second human case in the county this year, with the first being reported at the end of August.

"Controlling an epidemic of WNV infection is a community effort that calls upon residents to take preventative measures to reduce exposure", said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director.

D - DEET - use DEET, picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.

The recent weather patterns reinforce the need for all residents to protect themselves from mosquito bites.

Mosquitoes in towns including Rockland, Kingston, Weymouth, Whitman, Raynham, Quincy, Braintree, Stoughton and Cohasset were found to be carrying West Nile Virus in random mosquito samples that were taken this summer.

Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes.

The West Nile Virus has made its way to Chatham's southeast end.

Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department. Remove standing water from your property as that can often become breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

WNV is a disease that is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. If an animal is diagnosed with West Nile virus or EEE, owners are required to report to the Division of Animal Health by calling 617-626-1795 and to the DPH by calling 617-983-6800. There is no specific treatment for West Nile virus infection other than to treat symptoms.

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