West Nile virus made its first appearance of the summer in San Diego County this week when a batch of mosquitoes trapped in Santee tested positive for the viral infection, county officials announced Wednesday. To protect the patient's identity, the department is not releasing additional details.
KDHE says there have been more than 600 cases of the most severe form of the virus so far this year and 30 people died between 1999-2017.
But during that family BBQ or camping trip, the health authority said there are ways to prevent getting hit by the virus - wear clothing that covers as much skin as possible, avoid wearing cologne or perfume and use mosquito repellent containing DEET. "West Nile is endemic to the area, so that means we're going to see it every year", said David Zazra, communications manager for the agency. For about 20 percent of those infected, though, symptoms can include fever, aches, vomiting, diarrhea or rash.
According to the District, the confirmation of infected mosquitoes comes less than one week after the District confirmed chickens tested positive for antibodies against West Nile virus near Knightsen. For questions about West Nile virus or other Arboviral diseases contact the KDHE Epidemiology hotline at 877-427-7317.
Mosquitoes in North Carolina are also known to carry other illnesses that can infect both humans and animals.
West Nile virus is a potentially life-threatening disease contracted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Drain - Empty any containers holding standing water - buckets, barrels, flower pots and tarps - because they are breeding grounds for virus-carrying mosquitoes.
Install or fix screens on windows and doors to keep mosquitoes outside, and if possible, use air conditioning.