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

Case Counts by County

CountyDead birds
Alameda1
Alpine-
Amador-
Butte2
Calaveras-
Colusa1
Contra Costa5
Del Norte-
El Dorado1
Fresno2
Glenn-
Humboldt-
Imperial-
Inyo-
Kern3
Kings1
Lake1
Lassen-
Los Angeles32
Madera-
Marin-
Mariposa-
Mendocino-
Merced1
Modoc-
Mono-
Monterey1
Napa-
Nevada1
Orange15
Placer1
Plumas-
Riverside23
Sacramento40
San Benito-
San Bernardino27
San Diego14
San Francisco-
San Joaquin6
San Luis Obispo-
San Mateo1
Santa Barbara-
Santa Clara5
Santa Cruz1
Shasta-
Sierra-
Siskiyou-
Solano1
Sonoma-
Stanislaus3
Sutter1
Tehama-
Trinity-
Tulare8
Tuolumne-
Ventura-
Yolo1
Yuba4
Total203

WNV Activity by County
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Press Releases

CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH ANNOUNCES FIRST DEATH FROM WEST NILE VIRUS IN 2008

Aug 25, 2008

NUMBER: PH08-46
FOR RELEASE: IMMEDIATE
CONTACT: Suanne Buggy or Lea Brooks
http://www.cdph.ca.gov        
(916) 440-7259

SACRAMENTO - Dr. Mark Horton, director of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has claimed the life of an elderly woman in Orange County. She is the first death this year in California from complications associated with the virus.

"This unfortunate death reminds us that we must take precautions to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites," Horton said. "Californians should use insect repellent and eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding."

To date in 2008, WNV activity has been detected in 38 of California's 58 counties. In addition to the death, 96 people have become ill with WNV infections in 13 counties. WNV also has been detected in 1,295 dead birds, 1,101 mosquito samples, five horses, 109 sentinel chickens and nine squirrels.

Last year at this time, WNV activity had been detected in 48 counties and 148 people had been confirmed with WNV infections, including nine deaths.

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.

Most individuals who are infected with WNV will not experience any illness. However, individuals 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms when infected with WNV. Recent data also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

The most effective ways for individuals to prevent exposure to mosquito bites and WNV are:

  • Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaradin or oil of lemon eucalyptus, according to label instructions.
  • Ensure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding.
  • Wear clothing that reduces the risk of skin exposure and avoid spending time outside at dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
Most individuals who are infected with WNV will not experience any illness. Individuals 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms when infected with WNV. Recent data also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.

California's WNV Web site - http://www.westnile.ca.gov - includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state. In order to help identify WNV activity, Californians are encouraged to report all dead birds and dead tree squirrels on the Web site 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 Aug 18, 2017201720165Y AVG
Counties323536
Human cases414656
Dead birds2031010872
Mosquito samples204925651820
Sentinel chickens92161149
YTD - Year to date corresponds to the same time last year or last five years.

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WNV Reports

Weekly Report

08.18 Arbovirus Bulletin #20
08.18 2017 YTD SLEV Activity Map
08.18 2017 YTD WNV Activity Map

Humans

08.16 2017 Human WNV Incidence Report
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02.08 2016 Human WNV Incidence Report

Dead Birds

08.18Positive Counts by City/County for 2017
08.18Positive Species for 2017
08.18Reported, Tested, Positive 2017

Mosquitoes

08.18 AMOR - EVS Week 32
08.18 AMOR - GRAVID Week 32
08.18 AMOR - NJLT Week 32
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