Two individuals in Los Angeles County have been diagnosed with the West Nile virus, in what officers say are the first two cases within the county this year.
Each individual turned sick with West Nile, which is transmitted to people through a mosquito bite, late last month and are recovering, officers stated on Monday. One life in the San Fernando Valley and the other within the southeastern region of L.A. County, they stated.
“We’re glad to listen to that these two individuals are recovering from their West Nile fever infections and wish them well. Yearly in Los Angeles County, we see cases of West Nile virus an infection, which may be serious, even deadly, specially for people over 50 and those who have current health issues,” health officer Dr. Muntu Davis mentioned in a press release. “Mosquito bites aren’t simply annoying, and they might make you sick.”
West Nile virus kills Californians every year. Last year, 11 folks died of West Nile, and 44 in the previous year.
An Imperial County man lost his life last month after coming in contact with West Nile virus, the first death caused by the illness this year within the state, officers mentioned.
Health officers suggest that folks protect themselves from West Nile by applying bug repellent, clearing their yards of standing water that draws insects and wearing long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.