Case Counts by County

CountyDead birds
Alameda96
Alpine-
Amador-
Butte22
Calaveras-
Colusa4
Contra Costa44
Del Norte-
El Dorado7
Fresno9
Glenn4
Humboldt2
Imperial-
Inyo-
Kern3
Kings3
Lake18
Lassen-
Los Angeles99
Madera5
Marin6
Mariposa-
Mendocino-
Merced8
Modoc-
Mono-
Monterey-
Napa12
Nevada-
Orange431
Placer40
Plumas-
Riverside1
Sacramento294
San Benito-
San Bernardino17
San Diego35
San Francisco-
San Joaquin53
San Luis Obispo-
San Mateo20
Santa Barbara2
Santa Clara925
Santa Cruz1
Shasta6
Sierra-
Siskiyou-
Solano33
Sonoma37
Stanislaus47
Sutter19
Tehama-
Trinity-
Tulare40
Tuolumne-
Ventura7
Yolo71
Yuba16
Total2437

WNV Activity by County
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Press Releases

CDPH Reports First Human West Nile Virus Case of 2012

Jun 18, 2012

SACRAMENTO - A 70-year-old female in Kern County is the first confirmed human case of West Nile virus infection in California this year, announced Dr. Ron Chapman, state health officer and director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). The woman was hospitalized, but is now recovering.

"This first confirmed West Nile virus case reminds us that we must take precautions to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites," said Chapman. "West Nile virus activity is greatest during the summertime."

West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals - less than 1 percent - can develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications. Recent data also indicates that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

To date in 2012, West Nile virus has been detected in 15 California counties.

CDPH recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and West Nile virus by practicing the "Three Ds":


  1. DEET - Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK - Mosquitoes bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.
  3. . DRAIN - Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.

California's West Nile virus website includes the latest information on West Nile virus activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report all dead birds and dead tree squirrels on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).

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Compared to previous year and previous five-year average to date

As of Dec 16, 2014201420135Y AVG
Counties404440
Human cases794375241
Dead birds24371251901
Mosquito samples334025281966
Sentinel chickens443485428
YTD - Year to date corresponds to the same time last year or last five years.

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