Public health officials Monday confirmed the year's first two human cases of West Nile virus in Los Angeles County, but both patients are recovering. "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.
"As surveillance data has shown, the warm weather, combined with the flooding throughout the state, has caused an increase in mosquito populations, including the Culex species, which carries West Nile virus", Skiles said. "Mosquito bites aren't simply annoying, and they might make you sick". "So, everyone should take protective action by using mosquito repellent when outdoors and getting rid of items in their homes or yards that collect standing water where mosquitoes can breed", he said. Symptoms from contracting the disease can include fever, headache, body aches, nausea or a skin rash, according to the department.
They also reported nine birds with West Nile virus in Cypress, Buena Park, Huntington Beach and Tustin. Even more, it has resulted in their death. However, there are no confirmed cases of human infections at this time in Orange County.
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The number of people infected with WNV each year in LA County is estimated to be more than 10,000, because most infected persons do not experience any illness or perhaps only mild illness.
Use Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-registered repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus. This year the virus has infected many birds across LA, San Diego, Sacramento, Merced and other countries in the US. In severe cases, people will need to be hospitalized, and in rare cases the disease can be fatal.
The Health District continues to urge people to take steps to protect themselves from mosquito bites.