WEST NILE VIRUS DETECTED IN ORANGE COUNTY
Continue taking steps to prevent mosquito bites
Buena Park, Calif. --The West Nile Virus has been detected in Orange County.
According to The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD), the first mosquito sample to test positive for West Nile virus (WNV) was collected in the City of Orange at El Camino Real Park on July 30, 2019. Fortunately, there are no confirmed cases of human infections in Orange County at this time.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans via the bite of infected mosquitoes, which become infected when feeding on birds carrying the virus. Most individuals infected with WNV will not experience any illness. Others will have flu-like symptoms, such as fever, headache and body aches. In severe cases, people will need to be hospitalized, and in rare cases the disease can be fatal. Young children, the elderly, or individuals with lowered immune systems are at greater risk to experience severe symptoms when infected.
Here are a few steps you can take to prevent mosquito bites:
- inspect your property regularly for standing water
- tip or toss containers filled with water
- close all unscreened doors & windows
- empty & change pet water dishes weekly
- apply repellent to exposed skin before going outdoors