California county reports three West Nile Virus cases

Health officials in San Bernardino County, California, announced this week that three human cases of West Nile Virus have been reported.

Officials with the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control program told the Highland News that three adult males have contracted the virus. Officials did not release the names of the victims, but they did confirm that the victims included a 71-year-old male in Colton, a 57-year-old male in Fontana and a 65-year-old male in Redlands.

Officials said there have been approximately 70 human West Nile cases reported in California this year, including one death.

Michael Farrell, acting program manager for the San Bernardino County Mosquito and Vector Control Program, told the Highland News that the county continues to see West Nile Virus activity in many areas of the county. The three new cases bring the county’s count up to four cases for the year.

“We want to remind all citizens that if mosquitoes are still flying there is still a danger from West Nile virus,” Farrell told the Highland News. “Infected mosquitoes spread West Nile virus that can cause serious, life-altering, and even fatal disease. Keep using insect repellent, wear long sleeves and long pants and dump out standing water in the yard where mosquitoes can lay their eggs.”

Farrell said that his staff will continue to look for mosquito breeding sources and will keep trapping adult mosquitoes for virus testing.

“Mosquitoes are dependent on standing water for breeding, so residents are encouraged to look for and eliminate any stagnant water on their properties,” Farrell said, according to the Highland News. “Due to the large number of stagnant pools at foreclosed and abandoned properties and due to recent rains, Vector Control expects to see continuing mosquito activity, which in turn increases the risk of WNV exposure to the public.”