Two folks in Los Angeles County have been recognized with West Nile virus, in what officers say are the first two cases within the county this year.
Both individuals turned ill with West Nile, which is transmitted to people through a mosquito bite, late last month and are recovering, officials stated Monday. One life within the San Fernando Valley and the opposite within the southeastern region of L.A. County, they said.
“We’re glad to listen to that these two people are recovering from their West Nile fever infections and wish them nicely. Yearly in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus an infection, which may be severe, even deadly, particularly for folks over 50 and those who have existing health issues,” L.A. County health officer Dr. Davis mentioned in an announcement. “Mosquito bites aren’t just annoying. They could make you sick.”
West Nile virus kills Californians yearly. Last year, 11 individuals within the state died of West Nile, and 44 within the earlier year.
An Imperial County man died a month ago after contracting West Nile virus, the first death attributable to the illness this year within the state, officials stated.
Health officials suggest that individuals protect themselves from West Nile by making use of bug repellent, and clearing their yards of standing water that attracts insects and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
Only 1 in 5 individuals who catch West Nile have any signs. However, 1 in 150 who are infected develop a severe sickness that can be deadly, based on the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the severe illness can occur in folks of any age, it’s most likely among individuals older than 50.