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First human case of West Nile found in Solano – Times-Herald

Solano’s first human case of West Nile virus this year has been confirmed, county health officials announced Thursday.

The person is a Vacaville resident and is recovering, according to a release from the Solano County Department of Health and Human Services’ Division of Public Health.

As of Thursday, the California Department of Public Health had reported seven human cases of West Nile this year.

“West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to people and animals through the bite of a virus-infected mosquito,” Christine Wu, MD, MPH, Solano’s deputy chief health officer, said in the statement. “Residents should take the necessary precautions to reduce the risk of infection by using insect repellent when spending time outdoors and removing standing water sources around the home.”

Mosquitoes, officials said, become infected when they feed on infected birds. Reduce your risk of contracting West Nile by following these guidelines:

  • Avoid being outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active. If you are outside, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants and use insect repellent.
  • Drain stagnant water, as mosquitoes lay their eggs there. If you have an ornamental pond, contact the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District (SCMAD) at 437-1116 for a free mosquito fish.
  • Insect repellants help protect against mosquitoes. Apply an EPA-containing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, or para-menthane-diol products, according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Make sure doors and windows have tight screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with scratches or holes.

4 out of 5 people infected with West Nile will not develop symptoms. About 1 in 5 will develop mild flu-like symptoms, including fever, headache, body aches, nausea, vomiting and swollen lymph glands.

About 1 in 150, however, will develop severe neurological disease. In rare cases, the infection can be fatal.

The most vulnerable are people over the age of 60 and those with cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, kidney disease and organ transplant recipients.

SCMAD staff are conducting surveillance in the affected area to apply appropriate control measures where mosquitoes of the same infected species are present.

Residents are encouraged to report dead birds online www.WestNile.Ca.Gov or by calling 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473).

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