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November 11, 2020

West Nile Virus has a third human case Reported this Year

 

For the third time this year, the West Nile virus openly invites a third specimen of human flesh into its human quarters. It was in Kern County, according to the State of California’s West Nile site.

West Nile Virus Occurs in the Summer and Early Fall when Mosquitoes prey Human Flesh

West Nile virus is a well-known disease spread by mosquitoes. Most often, it spreads to people during the Summer and then the early fall when the mosquitoes that carry WNV are most virulent.

West Nile Virus can Cause Severe Illness

While many mosquito-borne illnesses such as WNV cause only mild symptoms in most people, the infection can cause severe illness and even death in rare cases, according to public health.

The virus can affect the brain and/or nervous system, according to public health. Less than 1% percent will develop a severe illness.

Methods to Reduce Risk of Being Bitten by Mosquitos

To reduce the risk bites by mosquitoes, use the following methods:

Remove standing or stagnate water from containers such as flower pots, fountains, birdbaths, pet bowls, and wading pools. Other Items not traditionally viewed as containers, like gardening tools and toys, can also collect water.

One should clean/scrub containers that collect water weekly to remove any remaining eggs.

One should maintain swimming pools in working condition.

Another suggestion is to stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae. Then, contact your local vector control district for free fish.

Also, report areas of mosquito infestation to your local vector control district.

Here are ways to decrease your risk of mosquito-transmitted infections:

Also avoid mosquitoes and mosquito-infested areas at all times of the day.

It’s always a good idea to wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.

One should apply mosquito repellant to exposed skin when outdoors.

You should ensure doors and windows have screens in good repair to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

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