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First Case Of West Nile Confirmed In Amador

First Case Of West Nile Confirmed In Amador

Amador County Public Health has confirmed the first human case of West Nile virus in Amador County for 2019.  Outbreaks occur each summer in the United States and are most commonly transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite from a mosquito harboring the virus.  Public Health officials remind the community to take preventative measures to avoid mosquito-borne disease.   According to Amador County Health Officer Dr. Rita Kerr, the appearance of West Nile Virus in Amador County is not a surprise and has been detected in California and surrounding counties over the past few months.  In California 2 WNV-related fatalities have been reported this year, along with 57 human cases in the state.  The risk of serious illness to most people is low.  However, some individuals -- less than 1 percent -- will develop serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis.   Amador County Public Health urges the community to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites.   To date in 2019, WNV has been detected in 26 California counties.   For more information on WNV, visit California’s West Nile virus website: westnile.ca.gov.

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