Two individuals, a 74-year-old Riverside lady and 50-year-old Eastvale man, have been confirmed as the primary human circumstances of West Nile Virus in Riverside County this yr, in accordance with the county’s public well being officer Dr. Cameron Kaiser.
These seem like among the many first few circumstances of the virus statewide this yr. The California Department of Public Health listed the variety of West Nile Virus circumstances for 2018 as “zero.” A spokesman was not obtainable to verify that quantity Thursday.
Riverside County’s public well being division issued a press release Thursday June 14 stating the sicknesses have been confirmed this week primarily based on take a look at outcomes and different scientific data.
Both sufferers who have been troubled with the virus required hospitalization, however are anticipated to get well. Officials mentioned the 2 circumstances aren’t associated.
West Nile virus is transmitted to people and animals by way of a mosquito chunk. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), infections in Southern California and different elements of the nation sometimes happen over the mosquito season, beginning in the summertime and persevering with by way of fall.
There are not any vaccines or medication to deal with West Nile virus. Most people who find themselves contaminated don’t really feel any signs. One in 5 might develop a fever or different flu-like signs.
About 1 p.c of these troubled, the CDC says, may develop critical and deadly situations reminiscent of meningitis or paralysis.
In Riverside County, there have been 33 human circumstances reported throughout 2017. In 2016, there have been 10 confirmed human West Nile Virus circumstances within the county and there has not been a demise from the sickness since 2015.
Neither Los Angeles nor Orange County have reported any circumstances this yr.
However, final yr, Los Angeles County documented 268 West Nile virus circumstances together with 27 deaths, in accordance with the Los Angeles County Public Health Department. Orange County’s Health Care Agency reported 39 infections, together with 4 deaths in 2017.
Health officers mentioned there are a selection of steps the general public can take to guard themselves towards getting bitten and contracting the an infection:
- Do not spend time exterior when mosquitoes are most energetic, significantly at daybreak and nightfall.
- Wear lengthy pants, long-sleeved shirts and different protecting clothes when exterior.
- Use mosquito repellent that comprises DEET.
- Make certain your doorways and home windows have tight-fitting screens and restore or exchange screens which have holes or tears.
- Do not permit any quantity of standing water in your property, which may trigger mosquitoes to breed.
Health officers say anybody who turns into in poor health after publicity to mosquitoes ought to contact his or her well being care supplier. Information: 951-358-5107 or go to www.rivcoeh.org/Programs/vector.