West Nile Virus Discovered In San Diego, New Orleans
San Diego County health officials have reportedly discovered cases of West Nile Virus in a number of mosquitos. While West Nile Virus typically only harms birds, it is possible that it can be transferred to humans via mosquitos. Additionally, West Nile Virus symptoms tend to leave 80% of infected people without any signs or symptoms. The people who do get symptoms are most likely to feel headaches, nausea, fever, rashes, and swollen lymph nodes.
Health officials are recommending that residents in the area remove and/or eliminate instances of standing water, such as water collected in pales, gutters, garbage cans, and numerous other items which tend to allow rainwater to collect and stand. Mosquitos are attracted to standing water.
“One of the most important things people can do is to find and dump out any standing water they see inside and outside their homes so mosquitoes can’t breed,” said Elise Rothschild, director of the county Department of Environmental Health.
In 2017, 44 people in California died from West Nile Virus. 600 persons returned positive tests. Nearly half of the infections and deaths regarding these cases were centered in Los Angeles.
New Orleans health officials have found cases of West Nile Virus in at least six locations throughout the area. Mosquitoes carrying the virus were discovered at North Broad Street, Downman Road, Elysian Fields Avenue, Harrison Avenue, Mirabeau Avenue and Paris Avenue, per the Time-Picayune.
The state of Louisiana has seen a sum total of six confirmed human cases.
Author: Jim Satney
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