Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Riverside County

Cases of West Nile Virus Confirmed in Riverside County

"While Utah County does not now have any confirmed human cases of West Nile virus, this is a great reminder to residents of the importance of taking steps to protect themselves from mosquitoes", said Utah County Health Department executive director Ralph Clegg.

On Friday, the agency said its trappers and testers had found the virus, without specifying where.

Dr. Cara M. Crist, director of the Arizona Department of Health Services, said on her blog that about 20 West Nile Virus cases are usually reported statewide by this time. According to OPH, there have been two reported cases in Ontario in 2019.

Montana averages 37 cases of West Nile per year, though numbers can fluctuate wildly from single digits into the hundreds.

Reducing standing water sites around their home (bird baths, toys, flower pot saucers, swimming pool covers, etc.).

Applying a Health Canada-approved mosquito repellent containing DEET or Icaridin to exposed skin and clothing.

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Avoid the outdoors from DUSK until DAWN: Limit outdoor activities at dusk and dawn, when mosquitoes that carry West Nile virus are most active.

Wearing light-coloured and tightly woven clothing such as long trousers, a long-sleeved shirt, shoes and socks to protect exposed skin.

Leave windows and doors closed at night unless they have tight-fitting screens.

Most people who become infected with WNV experience no symptoms, but about one in five develop a mild illness, with symptoms such as headache, body aches, joint pains, vomiting, diarrhea or a rash.

"The California Department of Public Health urges all Californians to protect themselves from mosquito bites during West Nile virus season, which extends from now through early fall", the department said in a statement.

Only about one in five humans infected become ill, but the elderly and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk of serious illness, according to health officials.

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