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First Human Case of West Nile Virus in Butte Co: Public Health

The first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Butte County has been announced Thursday morning by the Butte County Public Health Department.

Posted: Aug 2, 2018 12:26 PM
Updated: Aug 2, 2018 5:32 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The first confirmed human case of West Nile Virus in Butte County has been announced Thursday morning by the Butte County Public Health Department.

According to Lisa Almaguer from public health, there have been 10 human infections of the virus as of July 10.

The virus is typically active from July through October with August being the peak month.

West Nile Virus is spread to humans by animals by the bite of an infected mosquito, once they feed on infected birds, according to public officials.

Here are some tips to prevent West Nile Virus:

1. DEET – Use a proven insect repellent like DEET. Other recommended repellents include: picaradin, lemon eucalyptus oil, para-menthane-diol, or IR3535. Always use according to label instructions. DEET can be used safely on infants and children 2 months of age and older.

2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes that transmit WNV bite in the early morning and evening. Wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep mosquitoes out. Repair or replace screens with tears or holes.

3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate or drain all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. For standing water that cannot be drained such as fountains, ponds, etc., consider adding “Mosquito Dunks” or mosquito fish, which feed on mosquito larvae. Report unmaintained swimming pools to the local Mosquito and Vector Control District at (530) 342-7350 or (530) 533-6038.

For more information about West Nile Virus click here.

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