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RivCo Man Contracts West Nile Virus

Man recovering after being confirmed as first WNV case in Riverside County.

A 52-year-old male has been infected with West Nile Virus. This is the first confirmed human case in Riverside County this year. The patient lives in Western Riverside County and is recovering at home after being hospitalized.

The last case was in 2011, when there were a total of seven confirmed cases. The last reported death from the virus in Riverside County was 2008.

The virus is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite. Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds. Health officials emphasized that the risk of serious illness to humans is low. Most of those infected will not experience any illness. Elderly individuals and those with compromised immune systems are at greatest risk for serious illness.

"This first confirmed West Nile virus case reminds us that we must take precautions to protect ourselves and our families from mosquito bites," said Dr. Cameron Kaiser, interim Public Health Officer for Riverside County. West Nile virus activity is greatest during the summertime. Individuals can reduce their risk of mosquito-borne diseases by taking these precautions:

  • Avoid spending time outside when mosquitoes are most active, especially at dawn and dusk.
  • When outdoors, wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts and other protective clothing.
  • Apply insect repellent according to the label instructions.
  • Make sure that the doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding.
  • Contact your local mosquito and vector control agency if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live or work (for the location of local agency/district by using zip codes see the state department of health's website). 

A comprehensive surveillance program to monitor for WNV in Riverside County has been established by the Department of Environmental Health’s Vector Control Program, local mosquito and vector control districts and other state and local agencies. The program includes testing suspect cases in humans and horses, capturing and testing certain species of mosquitoes with potential for disease transmission, testing sentinel chickens and evaluating dead birds.

Anyone who becomes ill after exposure to mosquitoes should contact their health care provider. The Disease Control Office can be reached at (951) 358-5107 for more information on West Nile Virus.

Information about WNV is available at:

· http://www.westnile.ca.gov/

· http://www.rivco-diseasecontrol.org/Services/WestNileVirus.aspx

Dead birds can be reported on the state’s website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (1-877-968-2473).

Diana August 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
I think vector control should spray around LE every year because of the Lake and the stagnate water that sits in the almost bird sanctuary on Riverside Dr. and Gunnerson This is breeding territory for mosquito's.
Christi August 23, 2012 at 02:43 AM
I know there are some reasons for not giving the exact location of where the infected Mosquitos are, but those people that live in the area need to know. If it is in my city or neighborhood, I want to know.
Roberto August 23, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Creepy, just came in from outside with several mosquito bites.
Teller of Truth August 23, 2012 at 03:18 AM
I heard that these creepy bugs were spotted at Mayes Lane & Woshka Lane.
Guy McCarthy (Editor) August 23, 2012 at 05:10 AM
Update: Fontana Woman Has West Nile Virus http://patch.com/A-xkWB
Brenda August 23, 2012 at 06:54 AM
Thanks Guy, or no thanks, hope she improves :/ Hmm, I have never been one to get bitten by skeeters except this year. Just one night we went out into the pool and sure enough next morning I had about 6 bites, so did other family members. We do have a huge empty field that sits on Margarita across from the mall and this is the first year I have seen it fill up with water and mosquitos in the summer. They swarm over into our backyard when the sprinklers water even in the day time.
Brenda August 23, 2012 at 06:56 AM
Shouldnt stay up so late Guy. My first line makes no sense to me now. Proof read I flucked. Suppose to mean, thank you for the update, and then no thanks on another case, and hope this lady improves. There, I think that is a bit longer but understandable.
Edison Carter August 23, 2012 at 07:18 AM
And I think about the 80s when Malathion was sprayed out of helicopters over LA... I didn't see Ladybugs or Butterfly's for 5+ years after.
Diana August 23, 2012 at 06:07 PM
I think that Vector Control and The City could spray in the problem areas, they know where they are at, let's see loss of human life, or no ladybugs or butterfly's, a tough choice.
Diana August 23, 2012 at 06:10 PM
Skin So Soft Lotion by Avon, the best mosquito repellant you can get.
Constant Comment August 23, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Actually if you take a swig of Jack Daniels, it seeps through your pores and the mosquitos won't land & bite. Don't know if that works with any other kind of alcohol. Someone should volunteer & do a complete study! }~)
Brenda August 23, 2012 at 08:15 PM
I have heard that alot Diana all my life. Don't know why I havent tried it.
Diana August 23, 2012 at 08:21 PM
CC: I'll volunteer for the Jack Daniels test, I know Coor Lite doesn't repel them :)
Constant Comment August 23, 2012 at 08:25 PM
Coors lite only repels people! (I kid) }~)
Brenda August 23, 2012 at 08:36 PM
(I wont kid Constant) Coors lite smells like a herd of horses pee'd in the can and that is enough to keep anything away, or off ya.! Ewwwww
Cuz I Care August 29, 2012 at 01:35 PM
I was on a connecting flight through Las Vegas. Seeing many stagnant pools and water areas that were unattended, algae looking.
Cuz I Care August 29, 2012 at 01:40 PM
Edison Carter, I remember those malathion sprays in the 80's. I think it was about the little fly thing infecting the orange/fruit trees. Also, I was reading about the loss of bee colony's. Makes me wonder about these mass sprays killing off the good bugs/insects.

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