In the first two cases of people infected with West Nile virus in the County of Los Angeles during the season 2020 was identified this month, health officials announced Thursday.
While Los Angeles has confirmed its the first positive test at a mosquito in early June, two residents of the San Fernando valley region reported they had the virus, according to the Department of health of the district. One thing in the “older” ones with underlying medical conditions who was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease in early July and is on the mend, and a second case was detected in late July in healthy blood donors whose positive blood units were discarded, officials said.
Case count excludes long beach and Pasadena, as in the cases prescribed in these cities, which their local health departments.
“West Nile virus continues to be a serious threat to the health of the inhabitants of the County of Los Angeles. We urge residents to cover, clean or remove items that can hold water and breed mosquitoes both inside and outside of your home. It is very important now more than ever as we spend the majority of their time at home,” – said the employee of the MWCNT L. A. County health Davis.
Mosquito season in the area begins in June and ends in November. The number of people infected with West Nile County annually is estimated at more than 10,000, but most people do not recognize they have it because their symptoms may be mild.
“We are now in the peak mosquito season in the County Los Angeles and the residents should also protect themselves from mosquito-borne diseases by using EPA-registered mosquito money,” Davis said.
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus were found in the three cities of orange County earlier this month. This year mosquito count is almost five times higher than last year and double the Average for the O. S. five years, officials said in June.
People get the virus through the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the Department. But most mosquitoes don’t carry the virus.
Those who receive the West Nile virus can experience mild symptoms, including fever, muscle pain and fatigue. In some cases, especially in people over 50 and those with chronic diseases such as cancer and diabetes, severe infections can occur and affect the brain and spinal cord.
There is no specific treatment for the disease and the vaccine to prevent infection, according to the Department of health.
More than three quarters of reported cases in the County of Los Angeles was heavy, and approximately 7% of patients died from complications, said the Department.
County health Department recommends the following measures to reduce the risk of infection by blood-thirsty insects:
- To protect yourself: tools, repellent mosquitoes can keep mosquitoes from biting you. EPA registered repellent that contains DEET, picaridin, IR3535, 2-undecanone, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective. They are available in the form of sprays, wipes and lotions. Find the repellent that is right for you here. Consider wearing clothes with long sleeves and pants when outside.
- Mosquito-proof your home: make sure that doors and Windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
- To reduce mosquitoes: Mosquitoes lay eggs in stagnant water. Check items that hold water inside and outside your home once a week. Cover water containers to store such as buckets and barrels for rain water. If no lid, use a wire mesh with holes smaller than a grown mosquito. Clear stagnant water in flower pots, saucers, birdbaths and other containers. Cleaning and maintenance of swimming pools, Spa and drain water from pool covers.
Stagnant swimming pools or “green pools” should be submitted to the Bureau of public health, environmental health in 626-430-5200 or http://www. westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php. Call 211 or visit socalmosquito.org in the report, permanent problems with your mosquito control district.
On questions about mosquitoes, call the greater Los Angeles vector control district on 562-944-9656.
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