First West Nile death confirmed in Tehama County

Sep 10, 2014 12:35 PM by News Staff

Health Officials have confirmed a Tehama County resident has died of West Nile Virus, the first death reported in the county.

This year there has been a 34 percent increase in the number of infected mosquito pools this year, compared with the same time in 2013.

The California Department of Public Health says there have been 238 reported human cases - a 79 percent increase over last year. Nine confirmed deaths have been reported to health officials.

There have also been West Nile deaths reported in Glenn Shasta, Sutter and Sacramento Counties and there are 16 human cases in Butte County.

Everyone is encouraged to take the following precautions to avoid mosquito bites:

Reduce activity during peak mosquito feeding times at dawn and dusk.

Wear effective insect repellent.

Stay behind screened windows and doors whenever possible.

Drain any standing water that may produce mosquitoes.

Defend yourself and your home by using an effective insect repellent and dressing protectively when outside and making sure screens on doors and windows are in good condition.


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