Human case of West Nile Virus confirmed in Shasta County

Officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus in Shasta County this season.

Posted: Jul 23, 2021 5:58 PM
Updated: Jul 23, 2021 6:06 PM

SHASTA COUNTY, Calif. - An adult is the first person to test postive for the West Nile Virus in Shasta County this season, according to Shasta Health and Human Services and the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District. 

The infected person is recovering at home. 

West Nile Virus is almost always transmitted to people from the bite of an infected mosquito and cannot be passed through contact with other people or other animals, according to Shasta HHSA. 

“West Nile virus is a serious illness spread by mosquitoes in Shasta County. Checking your yard regularly for standing water and protecting yourself from mosquito bites by using an EPA approved insect repellent can dramatically reduce your risk of contracting the disease,” District Manager of the Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District Peter Bonkrude said. 

West Nile Virus can be found in all parts of Shasta County so residents are urged to make effective mosquito repellent a part of their regular outdoor routine.

The Shasta Mosquito and Vector Control District, Burney Basin Mosquito Abatement District and the Pine Grove Mosquito Abatement District have been performing extensive control measures in and around Shasta County to reduce the number of larval and adult mosquitoes, according to Shasta HHSA. 

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