County Public Health Confirms First Case Of West Nile Virus In Amador

County Public Health Confirms First Case Of West Nile Virus In Amador 

Amador County Public Health has confirmed the first cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Amador County for 2018. According to public health officer Rita Kerr, the appearance of West Nile Virus in Amador County is not a surprise and has been detected in California and surrounding counties for the past few months. It is important that people be aware there are measures they can take to minimize exposure to mosquitoes and reduce the chance of becoming infected. Outbreaks of WNV occur each summer in the United States and are most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Although the risk of serious illness to most people is low, some individuals—less than 1 percent—will develop serious neurological illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms. To date in 2018, WNV has been detected in 21 California counties. Public health officials remind us to take preventative measures to avoid exposure to mosquitoes and reduce the risk of becoming infected visit westnile.ca.gov.

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