published on July 29, 2016 - 11:42 PM
Written by The Business Journal Staff
The first Fresno County human case of West Nile virus in 2016 has been confirmed.

The Fresno County Department of Public Health reported that an adult male resident in Fresno has tested positive for the West Nile mosquito-borne disease.

Statewide, in 2015, a total of 783 symptomatic human cases of West Nile virus were reported with 53 deaths. Fresno County had eight of these cases with no fatalities. The county also had six asymptomatic cases that were identifies during blood donor testing.

“Confirmation of this case is a strong reminder that West Nile virus is still present in our county and everyone should increase effort to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” Dr. Ken Bird, health officer for the Fresno County Department of Public Health, said in a statement.

The department is urging residents to protect themselves from being bitten by mosquitos that spread the disease by applying insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535, in the early morning and evening when mosquitos are most active. To keep mosquitos out of the house, the department also recommends checking that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens. Also, residents should eliminate all standing water and containers that can hold water around their home.

For more information, visit the Fresno County Department of Public Health website at www.fcdph.org. Residents can also call (559) 268-6565 to speak to a mosquito abatement district representative or visit www.fresnomosquito.org and/or www.mosquitobuzz.net.


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