09/21/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 09/21/2021 19:44
West Nile Virus in Amador County
Amador County, CA - Amador County Public Health confirms the first 2021 case of West Nile virus (WNV) in an Amador County horse. Outbreaks of WNV 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.
"The appearance of West Nile Virus in Amador County is not a surprise," said Dr. Rita Kerr, Amador
County Health Officer. "WNV has been detected in California and neighboring counties for the past few months. It is important that people be aware there are measures they can take to minimize exposure to mosquitos and reduce the chance of becoming infected."
Prevent mosquito bites by practicing the "Three D's":
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. People 50 years and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop serious symptoms. Those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.
For more information on WNV, visit California's West Nile virus website: https://westnile.ca.gov/ For WNV virus equine vaccination information, please contact your veterinarian.
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