City of Long Beach
Public Information Office
333 W. Ocean Blvd,
Long Beach, CA 90802
Dr. Anissa Davis, Health Officer for the City of Long Beach, announced the first death this year in Long Beach due to complications associated with West Nile virus (WNV).
As of September 1, 2017, three human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in the City of Long Beach. The same number of cases were reported in 2016, with no reported deaths. In California, 87 human cases have been reported to date from 34 counties, a decrease from 123 human cases reported at the same time last year.
“The death of a Long Beach resident due to West Nile virus is a sad and sobering reminder of the risk posed by mosquito bites,” said Dr. Davis. “We need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and minimize risk of WNV infection, especially at this time of the year when the risk of infection is at its highest.”
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. For most people, the risk of serious illness is low. However, some individuals – less than 1 percent – develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age or older and people with diabetes, high blood pressure or other underlying medical conditions have the greatest risk of developing serious complications. The Long Beach Health and Human Services Department is reaching out specifically to this population with targeted outreach efforts to prevent West Nile disease.
To reduce the risk of exposure to West Nile virus, Dr. Davis is advising residents to take 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 Long Beach Health Department, Vector Control Program at (562) 570-4132, at www.longbeach.gov/health/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 website at www.cdc.gov/ncidod/dvbid/westnile.
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