Dr. Anissa Davis, health officer for the City of Long Beach, on Sept. 7 announced the first death this year in Long Beach due to complications associated with West Nile virus (WNV).
As of Sept. 1, three human cases of West Nile virus have been reported in Long Beach. The same number of cases were reported in 2016, with no reported deaths. In California, 87 human cases have been reported to date from 34 counties, a decrease from 123 human cases reported at the same time last year.
“The death of a Long Beach resident due to West Nile virus is a sad and sobering reminder of the risk posed by mosquito bites,” Davis said. “We need to take precautions to avoid mosquito bites and minimize risk of WNV infection, especially at this time of the year, when the risk of infection is at its highest.”
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. For most people, the risk of serious illness is low, according to the health department. However, some individuals– less than 1 percent– develop a serious neurologic illness, such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age or older and people with diabetes, high blood pressure or other underlying medical conditions have the greatest risk of developing serious complications.
More information from the Long Beach Health Department Vector Control Program is available at (562) 570-4132, longbeach.gov/health/wnv_info and facebook.com/LBDHHS.
Source: City of LB