Prevalence Of West Nile In Orange County Skyrockets
Officials also confirmed this week that an Anaheim woman has become the first person in the county to be infected this season. Other areas are also on high alert as the virus spreads.
The Orange County Register:
West Nile Virus In O.C. Mosquito Samples Nearly Doubles In One Week
Just one day after the county reported the season’s first human case of West Nile virus, the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District announced that the number of adult mosquitoes testing positive for the virus has nearly doubled over the last seven days. The Orange County Health Care Agency issued an alert Wednesday about an Anaheim woman in her 60s who was the first person this season to test positive for the virus. She has been hospitalized in serious condition. As of Thursday, the Vector Control District has collected 113 mosquito samples that tested positive for the virus, a jump from 60 on July 28, said spokesman Jared Dever. (Bharath, 8/5)
The Mercury News:
San Mateo County Officials 'Concerned' About West Nile Risk After More Bugs Found Carrying Virus
The county said it is "very concerned" about the possible threat of humans contracting West Nile virus after finding mosquitoes and dead birds carrying the virus several times in the same area over the past month. ...The district has been collecting and testing mosquitoes since finding seven dead crows infected with the virus in Atherton and Redwood City between July 6 and July 20. The birds were discovered in West Atherton and in the Eagle Hill-Mount Carmel area of Redwood City. (Kelly, 8/5)