Fresno County's first West Nile virus case of 2014 reported

The Fresno BeeJuly 7, 2014 

A southwest Fresno man is the first person in Fresno County to be infected with West Nile virus this year, county health officials said Monday.

The man was hospitalized but has been released, the officials said.

"Confirmation of this case is a strong reminder that everyone should redouble efforts to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites," said Dr. Ken Bird, interim health officer at the Fresno County Department of Public Health.

This is the fifth infected person reported in California this year. Last month, a Tulare County resident was infected.

One person in Stanislaus County has been infected, according to the state Department of Public Health. Contra Costa County and San Joaquin County also have had one infection each.

Statewide in 2013, a reported 379 people were infected and 15 died. And last year, Fresno County reported eight cases with no deaths.

County health officials say to reduce the risk of mosquito bites:

- Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of eucalyptus or IR 3535 according to label instructions.

- Apply repellent, especially in the early morning and the evening, when mosquitoes that carry the virus are most active.

- Make sure doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.

- Eliminate standing water and and containers that can hold water from around the home.

- Contact mosquito abatement districts to report neglected swimming pools.

- Get free mosquito fish for backyard ponds or horse troughs from mosquito abatement districts. For information about mosquito fish, call (559) 896-1085.

- Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels at (877) 968-2473 or westnile.ca.gov.

People also can call (800) 821-1577 to speak to mosquito abatement or visit mosquitobuzz.net or to fresnomosquito.org.


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

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