West Nile Virus detected in Florin

Maricruz Casares
Julio 21, 2019

"If you have an extremely bad mosquito problem or think that you do, please call the health department so we can do some surveillance in that area, some tests in that area, and it may be an area that we may have to treat with larvicide or go out and spray", Dindy said.

More cases are likely to be diagnosed during the coming period, according to the NPHO partly as awareness grows among medical staff, noting that for every West Nile virus case that has CNS symptoms, there are approximately 140 cases of the virus with mild or no symptoms.

With three separate mosquito pools from three different locations throughout the county being confirmed as positive, it is imperative to be alert and take protective measures against West Nile virus.

Luz Robles, a spokesperson for the Sacramento-Yolo mosquito control district, said that West Nile Virus activity has so far been slow this summer.

Most people who contract the virus don't experience any symptoms, but some may develop a fever, headache, body aches, nausea, or a skin rash, and symptoms can last for months, the L.A. County health agency said.

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Empty buckets and pet dishes on a daily basis and bird baths on a weekly basis. There was a human case previously reported in La Salle County in 2017.

In rare cases, severe illness including meningitis or encephalitis, or death, can occur. People older than 60 and individuals with weakened immune systems are at higher risk for severe illness from West Nile virus.

Monitoring for West Nile virus includes laboratory tests for mosquito batches, dead crows, blue jays, and robins, as well as testing humans with West Nile virus-like symptoms.

Make sure screens on windows and doors are in good fix. Try to keep doors and windows shut. "But it is very important residents take precautions in their own communities by wearing insect repellent and frequently removing standing water to eliminate mosquito sources". Residents are urged to apply mosquito repellant and wear long-sleeved shirts, trousers and socks and shoes, particularly at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.

REPORT: Report locations where you see water sitting stagnant for more than a week such as roadside ditches, flooded yards, and similar locations that may produce mosquitoes.

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