The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has identified the first two cases of human West Nile virus infection in Los Angeles County for the 2019 season (excluding Long Beach and Pasadena as cases identified in those cities are reported by their local health departments).
There has also been an increase in cases in the north, the announcement said.
Both individuals turned ill with West Nile, which is transmitted to people through a mosquito bite, late last month and are recovering, officials stated Monday. As per the Dr. Muntu Davis statement mosquito bites are not just annoying; they make people's sick.
The mosquitoes get infected when feeding on birds with the virus, and the insects pass on the virus to humans.
West Nile Virus is the most common mosquito-borne virus in the United States. Although the severe illness can occur in folks of any age, it's most likely among individuals older than 50.
The stormy, unstable weather the area has been experiencing causes the mosquitoes to be inactive.
The department recommends actions to reduce the risk of West Nile virus infection, including avoiding mosquito-infested areas at dawn and dusk, wearing long-sleeved shirts and long trousers when outdoors, and using repellents containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
DEET-Apply repellent containing an EPA-registered active ingredient, such as DEET, and follow the directions on the package.
Clean and chlorinate swimming pools; drain water from pool covers.
With the number of mosquitoes on the rise across the state, county health department are continuing to track and test them. Symptoms of a more serious case include "high fever, severe headache with neck stiffness, disorientation, tremors, vision loss, muscle weakness, numbness and paralysis", Skiles said. However, since a WNV-positive sample has been detected, residents are urged to take steps to protect themselves.