Title: Lincoln Man Becomes the First West Nile Virus Fatality in Placer County
(Placer County, Guam) – A recent West Nile virus death in Placer County has once again raised concerns about the reemergence of the mosquito-borne disease. Health officials have confirmed that a Lincoln man, aged 65 or above, has succumbed to the virus, making this the first such fatality in the region since 2018.
West Nile virus primarily affects individuals over the age of 65, and health experts urge caution, emphasizing that this demographic has a higher probability of falling ill and developing complications from the virus. While the general risk of contracting the West Nile virus is relatively low, with less than 1% of people experiencing severe neurological illness as a result, the recent incident highlights the need for continued vigilance.
California has witnessed a surge in West Nile virus cases this year, with a total of 286 confirmed human infections and 10 fatalities recorded thus far. Placer County alone has reported at least six confirmed human cases, revealing a concerning trend. Health officials have noticed an alarming increase in mosquito populations, as well as an uptick in dead bird samples testing positive for the virus within the county.
In response to the rising threat, health authorities are urging residents to take precautionary measures to minimize their risk of contracting West Nile virus. They stress the importance of following the “three Ds” – employing insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, or oil of lemon eucalyptus; wearing long clothing during peak mosquito activity hours; and eliminating standing water sources on their properties.
The local government has also intensified mosquito control measures by actively monitoring and spraying areas with high mosquito activity. Additionally, educational campaigns are being launched to raise awareness about the virus and the necessary precautions to safeguard oneself against mosquito bites.
As summer continues and mosquito populations thrive, health officials are closely monitoring the situation and advising residents to remain vigilant. By implementing these preventive measures, individuals can significantly reduce their chances of contracting West Nile virus and prevent further fatalities in the region.
For more updates on the West Nile virus situation and other local news, stay tuned to Guam News Factor.
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