Health department issues WNV warning

Health department issues WNV warning

As of September 7, California Department of Public Health has reported 56 human cases of West Nile virus from 21 California counties this year. "Please continue to take precautions". More than 1,600 mosquito samples have been found to carry the virus. Along with the human cases, there have been the detection of West Nile Virus in five birds and one horse.

The virus can infect people of all ages, but people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe illness.

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites. Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

Keep weeds and tall grass cut short; adult mosquitoes look for these shady places to rest during the hot daylight hours.

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

D- Drain - all standing water should be drained around the outside of a house. 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.

Symptoms of WNV infection are often mild and may include fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, a rash, muscle weakness or swollen lymph nodes.

CDPH encourages everyone to follow the "4 D's" which can help prevent mosquito bites and the spread of West Nile virus. There is no vaccine or specific treatment for WNV.

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