The first human case of West Nile Virus (WNV) this year in Long Beach has been confirmed. As of September 11, 2015, 123 human cases have been reported from 23 California counties, including Los Angeles (4) and Orange (6). There have been two WNV-related deaths this year in California.
WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected have no symptoms; approximately one in 150 may develop more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care.
Summer weather and drought conditions create an ideal environment for mosquito breeding. Dr. Mitchell Kushner, City Health Officer, encourages all residents to protect themselves from WNV by taking the following precautions:
The Long Beach Health Department continues active surveillance for mosquito populations and works to control mosquito populations in known public breeding locations such as ponds, wetlands and flood channels. Residents can do their part by eliminating standing water in and around their property and reporting breeding sources to the Health Department at the number below.
For further information, contact the City of Long Beach Health Department, Vector Control Program at 562.570.4132, at www.longbeach.gov/health/inspections-and-reporting/reporting/wnv-info/ or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/LBDHHS.
Further information about the WNV may be obtained at the California Department of Public Health website at www.westnile.ca.gov, or at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.