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First 2021 West Nile Virus Case Reported In San Diego County Man

SAN DIEGO COUNTY, CA — A 53-year-old San Diego County resident is the primary domestically acquired human case of West Nile Virus this year, the county Health and Human Services Agency introduced Friday.

The La Jolla man was hospitalized however is anticipated to get better.

There was one West Nile virus case in San Diego County in 2020, three in 2019 and two in 2018.

West Nile virus will be transmitted to individuals by sure species of native San Diego County mosquitoes that first feed on an contaminated hen or animal after which a chew an individual.

At least 80% of people that turn into contaminated with West Nile virus by no means comprehend it and by no means endure any signs. About one in 5 people who find themselves contaminated develop a fever and different signs akin to headache, nausea, fatigue, pores and skin rash or swollen glands. About 1 out of 150 contaminated individuals will develop critical sickness.

County public well being and environmental well being officers stated one of the best ways for individuals to guard themselves in opposition to the virus is to observe the county’s “Prevent, Protect, Report” tips.

The tips may assist county residents defend themselves from mosquitoes that transit West Nile virus in addition to invasive Aedes mosquitoes that may transmit tropical ailments, akin to Zika, dengue and chikungunya, in the event that they first chew an contaminated particular person after which chew non-infected individuals.

The county recommends dumping out or eradicating any merchandise inside or outdoors of properties that may maintain water, akin to plant saucers, rain gutters, buckets, rubbish cans, toys, outdated tires and wheelbarrows. Mosquito fish, obtainable without cost by contacting the county’s Vector Control Program, could also be used to regulate mosquito breeding in yard water sources akin to unused swimming swimming pools, ponds, fountains, and horse troughs.

People can defend themselves from mosquito-borne sicknesses by carrying lengthy sleeves and pants or utilizing repellent when outdoor. People ought to use insect repellent that comprises DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535. They must also be sure that screens on home windows and doorways are in good situation and secured to maintain bugs out.

Residents ought to report elevated mosquito exercise or uncared for, inexperienced swimming swimming pools and different mosquito-breeding sources, in addition to useless birds — useless crows, ravens, jays, hawks and owls — to Environmental Health’s Vector Control Program by calling 858-694-2888 or emailing [email protected]

Residents must also report if they’re being bitten by mosquitoes throughout daytime, or in the event that they discover mosquitoes that match the outline of Aedes mosquitoes.

— City News Service

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