San Bernardino County reports first West Nile Virus death for 2017

Dead birds, plenty of mosquitoes indicate West Nile virus will stick around awhile

The first two human cases of West Nile virus this year in Lake County bring the state's total to 16, according to health officials.

The county's first case of West Nile virus was reported in May.

As people soak in the last unofficial week of summer, Public Health experts say watch out for mosquitoes because they've seen West Nile Virus activity in our area.

People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious illness when infected with WNV.

There is no vaccine for humans for mosquito-borne diseases, nor is there a specific treatment, according to the health department.

In addition, 86 West Nile Virus positive mosquito pools have been detected in seven MI counties. But, Dr. Roumeliotis noted, people with weak immune systems are at a greater risk for serious complications that include encephalitis (infection of the brain) and possibly death. "We urge everyone to take simple steps to eliminate mosquito breeding sources around their homes to protect themselves, their families, and communities". Though many people with West Nile are asymptomatic, others might experience fever, head and body aches, nausea, vomiting and sometimes a rash.

Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions to keep mosquitoes from biting you.

Wearing light-colored clothing to cover the skin reduces the risk of bites.

The cover part: wear long sleeves and trousers when going out at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes feed.

"Over the past 14-15 years, so many area folks have been bitten by mosquitoes that are probably carrying West Nile, that we've got immunity to it", Lanza contends. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. Fix or replace screens that have tears or holes to prevent mosquitoes from entering the home. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old auto tires, rain gutters and pet bowls.

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