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-
Butte21
Calaveras-
Colusa-
Contra Costa26
Del Norte-
El Dorado4
Fresno6
Glenn4
Humboldt-
Imperial-
Inyo-
Kern-
Kings4
Lake4
Lassen-
Los Angeles113
Madera5
Marin5
Mariposa-
Mendocino-
Merced5
Modoc-
Mono-
Monterey-
Napa1
Nevada2
Orange76
Placer27
Plumas-
Riverside14
Sacramento408
San Benito-
San Bernardino5
San Diego252
San Francisco-
San Joaquin35
San Luis Obispo-
San Mateo11
Santa Barbara-
Santa Clara85
Santa Cruz2
Shasta3
Sierra-
Siskiyou-
Solano11
Sonoma8
Stanislaus10
Sutter10
Tehama-
Trinity-
Tulare3
Tuolumne-
Ventura30
Yolo71
Yuba4
Total1276

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 Sep 23, 2016201620155Y AVG
Counties374038
Human cases234233192
Dead birds12769691176
Mosquito samples324927692451
Sentinel chickens295314325
YTD - Year to date corresponds to the same time last year or last five years.

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