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First West Nile Virus Death Confirmed in Butte County

The Butte County Public Health Department has confirmed the first human death due to West Nile Virus in Butte County.

Posted: Sep 24, 2018 12:20 PM

BUTTE COUNTY, Calif. - The Butte County Public Health Department has confirmed the first human death due to West Nile Virus in Butte County. 

The infection was confirmed last Friday, Sept. 21 as the most severe form of West Nile Virus.

The individual who died was between 50-70 years old and lived in south Butte County. 

As of Sept 24, 100 human cases have been reported in 25 of California's 58 counties. 

Four deaths have been confirmed in the following counties. 

  • Butte County 

  • Glenn County 

  • Yolo County 

  • Yuba County 

WNV is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. Residents can reduce the risk of infection by practicing the “Three Ds”:

1. DEET – Use a proven insect repellent like DEET. Other recommended repellents include picaridin, 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 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 all sources of standing water on your property, including flower pots, old car tires, rain gutters and pet bowls. For standing water, 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.

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