West Nile Virus Hits San Joaquin

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San Joaquin County Public Health Of­fi­cer, Dr. Al­varo Garza, con­firmed that a 70-year-old male liv­ing in Man­teca is the first hu­man with West Nile Virus (WNV) in­fec­tion in San Joaquin County this year. So far this year, at least four other coun­ties have re­ported four other cases of WNV in hu­mans.

“Even though the virus has been around a long time now, this first re­ported case re­minds us that we must all con­tinue to take pre­cau­tions to pro­tect our­selves and our fam­i­lies from mos­quito bites,” said Dr. Garza. WNV ac­tiv­ity is great­est dur­ing the sum­mer­time.

WNV is trans­mit­ted to hu­mans and an­i­mals by the bite of an in­fected mos­quito. The risk of se­ri­ous ill­ness to most peo­ple is low. How­ever, some in­di­vid­u­als – less than 1 per­cent – can de­velop a se­ri­ous neu­ro­logic ill­ness such as en­cephali­tis or menin­gi­tis. Peo­ple 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of get­ting sick and are more likely to de­velop com­pli­ca­tions. Re­cent data also in­di­cate that those with di­a­betes and/or hyper­ten­sion are at great­est risk for se­ri­ous ill­ness.

Public Health Ser­vices rec­om­mend that peo­ple pre­vent ex­po­sure to mos­quito bites and WNV by prac­tic­ing the “Three Ds”:

1. DEET – Ap­ply in­sect re­pel­lent con­tain­ing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eu­ca­lyp­tus or IR3535 ac­cord­ing to la­bel in­struc­tions. Re­pel­lents keep the mos­qui­toes from bit­ing you. DEET can be used safely on in­fants and chil­dren 2 months of age and older.

2. Dawn and dusk – Mos­qui­toes bite in the early morn­ing and evening so it is im­por­tant to wear proper cloth­ing and re­pel­lent if out­side dur­ing these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight­fit­ting screens to keep mos­qui­toes out. Re­pair or re­place screens with tears or holes.

3. Drain – Mos­qui­toes lay their eggs on stand­ing wa­ter. Elim­i­nate all sources of stand­ing wa­ter on your prop­erty, in­clud­ing flower pots, old car tires, rain gut­ters and pet bowls. If you know of a swim­ming pool that is not be­ing prop­erly main­tained, please con­tact your lo­cal mos­quito and vec­tor con­trol agency. The San Joaquin County Mos­quito and Vec­tor Con­trol Dis­trict is avail­able to help with the pre­ven­tion of mos­qui­toes in ne­glected pools and re­spond to other mos­quito prob­lems in your area. To re­quest Dis­trict ser­vice, call 209-982-4675, 1-800300-4675 or visit the Dis­trict web­site at www.sj­mosquito.org.

Re­sources for Ad­di­tional In­for­ma­tion on West Nile virus are:

San Joaquin County Public Health Ser­vices web­site, www.sjcphs.org,

Cal­i­for­nia De­part­ment of Public Health West Nile Virus web­site, www.west­nile.ca.gov. This web­site in­cludes the lat­est in­for­ma­tion on West Nile Virus ac­tiv­ity in the state.

Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion, https://www.cdc.gov/west­nile/in­dex.html

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