Additionally, 422 dead birds from 18 counties have tested positive for the virus in 2018, and 1,606 mosquito samples from 28 counties have also tested positive for the virus this year.
The California Department of Public Health confirmed two fatal cases of the West Nile virus in humans on Monday. The risk of serious illness or death is low. As temperatures rise, so does the chance of contracting WNV from mosquitoes - and we are seeing that with human cases being reported in Peel and across the province, says Dr. Lawrence Loh, Associate Medical Officer of Health, Region of Peel.
"Controlling an epidemic of WNV infection is a community effort that calls upon residents to take preventative measures to reduce exposure", said Ganesh Shivaramaiyer, DCHHS interim director.
"The rain Denton County has received [last] week cannot be attributed to these recent cases, but standing water left from rain last month could have left breeding grounds for these mosquitoes", Rainey said.
Use an EPA-registered mosquito repellent with DEET, permethrin, picaridin, IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus; follow package directions about application.
Repellents help keep mosquitoes from biting. However, most people who become infected with West Nile do not display symptoms.
It is also important to be aware of peak mosquito hours, which are from dusk to dawn.
Drain standing water in yards (old tires, potted plant trays, pet dishes, toys, buckets, etc.).
Wearing long sleeves, long trousers, and socks when outdoors to help keep mosquitos away from your skin can help, according to a statement from the department. If you think you have West Nile virus infection, contact your health care provider.
The Culex mosquito is one variety found in Utah that can carry the West Nile virus. Symptoms to look for are body aches, fever, headache, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, confusion, weakness, stiffness and convulsions.