Local Mosquito Sample Tests Positive for West Nile Virus

Imperial County Man Is Likely California’s 1st West Nile Virus Fatality of 2019

On July 2, the Ventura County Environmental Health Division received confirmation from the California Department of Public Health that mosquitos sampled from the City of Ventura during the last week in June tested positive for West Nile virus.

The state Department of Health has launched an awareness campaign this month to ramp up efforts to stave off mosquito-borne illness.

Last year, the state had 50 West Nile virus cases and no deaths.

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The campaign is called "Fight the Bite NJ", and state epidemiologist Dr. Tina Tan says "we want to try to encourage people throughout the state to take steps to protect against mosquito bites". Symptoms can include fever, headache, body aches and muscle fatigue. Sometimes the infection can result in encephalitis or meningitis, which can lead to paralysis, coma and possibly death.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has been tracking the increased mosquito population for the past two months.

Health officials urge people to reduce risk by using insect repellent, wearing long, light-colored clothes and eliminating standing water.

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