CDPH Confirms First Human West Nile Virus Deaths of 2017

While we trap for mosquitoes, control for mosquitoes, and remove standing water sources as much as possible, we still need people’s help to reduce the risk in their own yards. The summer heat plays a role in increasing the spread of West Nile virus.

Take care of yourself. Take care of your families. Spend just 10 minutes each week dumping out standing water from around the home. Use insect repellent when you’re outdoors so you don’t get bit by mosquitoes (and other insects).

The following is an excerpt from a press release sent by the California Department of Public Health. The Department confirmed first human deaths due to West Nile virus:

SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) announced today three confirmed deaths in California due to West Nile virus (WNV). The deceased persons were residents of Kern, Los Angeles and San Bernardino counties. CDPH is unable to provide additional patient details including demographic information and name of hospital providing care to protect confidentiality.

“West Nile virus can cause a deadly infection in humans, and the elderly are particularly susceptible,” said CDPH Director and State Health Officer Dr. Karen Smith. “August and September are peak periods of West Nile virus transmission in the state so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites.”