CA Dept. of Public Health UC Davis Arbovirus Research and Training Mosquito and Vector Control Assoc. of CA

Case Counts by County

CountyDead birds
Alameda11
Alpine-
Amador-
Butte22
Calaveras-
Colusa-
Contra Costa33
Del Norte-
El Dorado4
Fresno6
Glenn4
Humboldt-
Imperial-
Inyo-
Kern-
Kings4
Lake5
Lassen-
Los Angeles124
Madera5
Marin5
Mariposa-
Mendocino-
Merced5
Modoc-
Mono-
Monterey-
Napa1
Nevada2
Orange91
Placer30
Plumas-
Riverside16
Sacramento411
San Benito-
San Bernardino5
San Diego264
San Francisco-
San Joaquin37
San Luis Obispo-
San Mateo15
Santa Barbara-
Santa Clara89
Santa Cruz2
Shasta3
Sierra-
Siskiyou-
Solano13
Sonoma8
Stanislaus14
Sutter10
Tehama-
Trinity-
Tulare3
Tuolumne-
Ventura34
Yolo72
Yuba4
Total1352

WNV Activity by County
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Press Releases

CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Death of 2015

Jul 20, 2015

SACRAMENTO - California Department of Public Health (CDPH) Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith today announced the first confirmed death in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased person was a senior citizen in Nevada County.

"This death is a tragic reminder of how severe West Nile virus disease can be," said Dr. Smith. "West Nile virus activity is more widespread in 2015 than in years past. Californians need to be vigilant in protecting themselves."

WNV is influenced by many factors such as climate, the number and types of birds and mosquitoes in an area, and the level of immunity in birds to WNV. It is possible that the drought has contributed to WNV amplification by reducing sources of water for birds and mosquitoes. As birds and mosquitoes seek water, they are coming into closer contact and amplifying the transmission of the virus.

Thirty-three California counties have reported WNV activity so far this year, four more than this time last year and above the five-year average of 22. To date, 497 mosquito samples have tested positive for WNV, which exceeds the five-year average of 330.

WNV 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 one 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. Studies also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

CDPH recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and WNV 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 two 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 out mosquitoes. 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, by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.

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

As of Jan 02, 2017201620155Y AVG
Counties394133
Human cases442782487
Dead birds135213491337
Mosquito samples352833292409
Sentinel chickens343449383
YTD - Year to date corresponds to the same time last year or last five years.

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WNV Reports

Weekly Report

03.08 2016 YTD WNV Activity Map
01.17 2016 US Arboviral Activity Update
12.16 Arbovirus Bulletin #40

Humans

02.08 2016 Human WNV Incidence Report
02.08 2003-2016 WNV Case Summary
03.21 2015 Human WNV Incidence Report

Dead Birds

03.08Positive Species for 2016
03.08Reported, Tested, Positive 2016
03.08Positive Counts by City/County for 2016

Mosquitoes

11.10 AMOR - EVS Week 44
11.10 AMOR - GRAVID Week 44
11.10 AMOR - NJLT Week 44
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