Four more areas of Knox County test positive for West Nile virus

Modesto Morganelli
Ottobre 13, 2018

An unidentified San Fernando Valley resident died earlier this month from neurological complications following West Nile infection, officials said Wednesday morning. That figure excludes Long Beach and Pasadena because cases in those cities are reported by their local health departments, authorities said. Most people with West Nile generally recover and death is extremely rare.

Health officer of LA County, Muntu Davis, says that they are very sad with this loss and all their thought with the family and friends of this person.

Health officials recommend wearing insect repellent, long trousers and long-sleeve shirts outdoors, especially at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

West Nile season typically begins with warmer weather in the summer and continues into the fall. "Everyone should take precautions by using Environmental Protection Agency-registered mosquito repellent when outside and checking weekly for items that collect standing water in their homes or yards where mosquitoes can breed". One hundred people from 25 California counties have tested positive for West Nile virus this year, authorities said.

West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito which has picked up the virus by feeding on an infected bird.

Rarely, cases can lead to meningitis, encephalitis, or death.

Those who are older than 60 and those with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Given the especially wet spring and summer, keeping mosquitoes under control has been a problem with one of the primary defenses being the elimination of standing water, which has been hard this year.

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