Long Beach, CA – The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this mosquito season was reported in Long Beach this week. The affected person, of their 60s, was recognized with neuro-invasive sickness and is at present hospitalized.
“While the world is concentrated on COVID-19 prevention and response, this is a vital reminder that we proceed to see circumstances of West Nile Virus most years in Long Beach,” stated City Health Officer Dr. Anissa Davis. “We can not let our guard down in opposition to mosquito-borne ailments.”
The Long Beach WNV case is simply the second reported in California this yr, after the primary human case of the season was reported in Stanislaus County. No mosquitoes in Long Beach have been discovered to be constructive for WNV to this point this season.
WNV is transmitted by the chew of an contaminated Culex mosquito. Signs and signs of WNV could embrace fever, physique aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most individuals who turn into contaminated don’t have any signs. However, roughly one in 150 could develop a extra severe illness, akin to mind irritation or paralysis. Persons with these signs ought to search instant care.
Wear long-sleeved shirts and lengthy pants if spending time outdoors throughout daybreak and nightfall. WNV-carrying mosquitoes are most energetic throughout these instances.
Install or restore door and window screens.
Dump and drain standing water round your house.
Report massive quantities of mosquitoes by visitingwww.longbeach.gov/mosquitoes.
Report useless birds on-line at http://www.westnile.ca.gov/.
The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department’s Vector Control Program together with accomplice companies, Greater Los Angeles County Vector Control District and Compton Creek Mosquito Abatement District proceed to deal with areas with excessive populations of mosquitoes all through the City every day. While these companies are doing every part they will to regulate the mosquito inhabitants, the general public nonetheless performs an essential position by stopping mosquitoes from breeding in and round their houses and reporting breeding in neighborhoods and different public areas.
For extra info on West Nile virus, visitwww.longbeach.gov/wnv.
Media inquiries will be addressed to Jennifer A. Gonzalez, Outreach & Risk Communication Specialist, Department of Health & Human Services, email@example.com.