by: Sareen Habeshian
Posted: Jul 30, 2020 / 08: 42 PM PDT
/ Updated: Jul 30, 2020 / 08: 52 PM PDT
Culex mosquitoes spread West Nile virus. (Bob Chamberlin / Los Angeles Times)
The first two cases of of us infected with West Nile virus in Los Angeles County for the 2020 season have been identified this month, public health officials announced Thursday.
While L.A. County confirmed its first sure test in a mosquito in early June, two residents of the San Fernando Valley predicament have been reported to now have the virus, according to the county’s Department of Public Health. One case is in an “older adult” without a underlying diseases who was hospitalized with neuroinvasive disease in early July and is recovering, and the 2nd case was detected in late July in a healthy blood donor, whose sure blood items have been discarded, officials said.
The case depend excludes Long Beach and Pasadena, since cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments.
“West Nile virus continues to be a critical health threat to residents in Los Angeles County. We encourage residents to duvet, clean or get rid of things that can retract water and breed mosquitoes each inside and out of doorways your place. Right here’s important now more than ever as we use a majority of our time at dwelling,” said L.A. County Health Officer Muntu Davis.
Mosquito season in the county starts in June and ends in November. The alternative of of us countywide infected with West Nile each year is estimated to be more than 10,000, but most of us beget now not acknowledge they have it since their symptoms may be light.
“We are now in peak mosquito season in Los Angeles County and residents may nonetheless also offer protection to themselves from mosquito-borne diseases by using EPA-registered mosquito repellent merchandise,” Davis said.
Mosquitoes infected with West Nile virus have been found in three Orange County cities earlier this month. This year’s mosquito depend is nearly 5 occasions increased than last year’s and double the O.C.’s 5-year average, officials said in June.
Humans get the virus via the bite of an infected mosquito, according to the department. But most mosquitoes beget now not carry the virus.
These who get West Nile virus may journey light symptoms including fever, muscle aches and tiredness. In some cases, especially in of us over 50, and those with power medical conditions such as cancer and diabetes, severe infection can occur and affect the brain and spinal cord.
There may be rarely always a tell treatment for the disease and no vaccine to stop infection, according to the public health department.
More than three-quarters of reported cases in L.A. County have been severe, and approximately 7% of patients have died from complications, the department said.
The county’s public health department recommends taking the following measures to minimize possibility of publicity to the bloodthirsty insects:
PROTECT YOURSELF: Mosquito repellents can back mosquitoes from biting you. EPA-registered repellents containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535, 2-undecanone, and oil of lemon eucalyptus are the longest lasting and most effective. They are available as sprays, wipes, and lotions. Find the repellent that’s legal for you here. Have in mind wearing lengthy-sleeved attire and pants when out of doorways.MOSQUITO PROOF YOUR HOME: Make definite that your doorways and windows have tight-fitting displays to back out mosquitoes. Repair or replace displays with tears or holes.REDUCE MOSQUITOES: Mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Test for items that retract water inside and out of doorways your place as soon as a week. Veil water storage containers such as buckets and rain barrels. If no lid is available, consume wire mesh with holes smaller than an adult mosquito. Clear standing water in flower pots, saucers, birdbaths and other containers. Clean and maintain swimming pools, spas and drain water from pool covers.
Stagnant swimming pools or “green pools” need to be reported to the Public Health Environmental Health Bureau at 626-430-5200 or at http://www. westnile.ca.gov/report_wnv.php. Call 211 or search the advice of with socalmosquito.org to file continual concerns to your mosquito management district.
For questions about mosquitoes, call the Greater Los Angeles County Vector Regulate District at 562-944-9656.