Local and state well being officers are urging folks to remain vigilant about defending themselves from mosquito bites as California recorded the second dying from West Nile Virus and extra mosquitoes able to transmitting Zika have been detected within the area.
The California Department of Public Health’s West Nile Virus webpage said the latest fatality was that of a person in his 70s and residing in Fresno County. In July, a 74-year-old man from Imperial County died from the virus. In 2018, California recorded 11 deaths from the virus.
“West Nile Virus exercise within the state is rising, so you will need to take each doable precaution to guard towards mosquito bites,” mentioned State Public Health Officer and CDPH Director Dr. Karen Smith in a information launch.
Historically, well being departments see extra circumstances of West Nile Virus in August than in June or July due to the hotter climate. Warm temperatures prolong the mosquito season and ramp up the maturity course of, that means the mosquitoes attain biting age faster. Hot temperatures additionally contribute to rising numbers of breeding mosquitoes and an elevated threat of virus transmission to people as a result of there are extra contaminated mosquitoes. The threat of illness on account of WNV will increase because the summer season progresses, and declines in early fall because the climate cools.
Mosquitoes turn out to be contaminated with West Nile Virus once they feed on contaminated birds. Infected mosquitoes can then unfold West Nile Virus to people and different animals once they chunk, in response to the Centers for Disease Control.