Case Counts by County

CountyDead birds
Alameda60
Alpine-
Amador-
Butte18
Calaveras-
Colusa4
Contra Costa27
Del Norte-
El Dorado1
Fresno8
Glenn4
Humboldt2
Imperial-
Inyo-
Kern3
Kings2
Lake14
Lassen-
Los Angeles30
Madera4
Marin3
Mariposa-
Mendocino-
Merced-
Modoc-
Mono-
Monterey-
Napa9
Nevada-
Orange189
Placer23
Plumas-
Riverside-
Sacramento232
San Benito-
San Bernardino8
San Diego4
San Francisco-
San Joaquin36
San Luis Obispo-
San Mateo8
Santa Barbara-
Santa Clara690
Santa Cruz1
Shasta2
Sierra-
Siskiyou-
Solano31
Sonoma13
Stanislaus31
Sutter19
Tehama-
Trinity-
Tulare38
Tuolumne-
Ventura2
Yolo43
Yuba11
Total1570

WNV Activity by County
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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 26, 2014201420135Y AVG
Counties364134
Human cases1298646
Dead birds1570834508
Mosquito samples230515621175
Sentinel chickens184231142
YTD - Year to date corresponds to the same time last year or last five years.

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