First West Nile human case reported in Tulare County

The Fresno BeeJune 25, 2014 

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Mosquitoes in early stages of life: wriggling larvae (top), dark-colored, pupae (cocoon), at center and lower right, cluster around vegetation, and a dead mosquito, left, in swimming pool water of a foreclosed home, Tuesday afternoon, June 12, 2012, in central Fresno.

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A person infected with West Nile virus in Tulare County is the first human case of the virus to be reported in the central San Joaquin Valley this mosquito season.

Officials said Wednesday that the individual was hospitalized and is now recovering.

Delta Vector Control District also reported that 36 mosquito pools and 21 dead birds have tested positive for West Nile. During the summer months, people should be on guard and protect themselves while outdoors, the district warns.

Infected mosquitoes transmit the virus to humans and animals through their bite.

Most people infected with West Nile will have no symptoms, but a few will develop a fever with other symptoms. Older adults are more at risk of serious illness.

Vector control officials remind people to drain standing water that may produce mosquitoes. They also ask people to report neglected swimming pools.

And they recommend that residents take precautions to avoid being bitten by using mosquito repellent as directed and by dressing in long sleeves and pants at dawn and dusk in areas where mosquitoes are active.

Dead birds and squirrels that may be infected with West Nile can be reported by calling (877) 968-2473 or by an online report to the California West Nile website at westnile.ca.gov.

The reporter can be reached at (559) 441-6310, banderson@fresnobee.com or @beehealthwriter on Twitter.

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