Orange County stories its first West Nile virus dying this 12 months

Within the midst the COVID-19 pandemic and with the flu season across the nook, Orange County Well being Care Company officers Wednesday introduced the county’s first fatality from the West Nile virus this 12 months.

That virus is the primary reason behind mosquito-related illness within the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and is often unfold by the “chew of an contaminated mosquito.”

Orange County officers didn’t launch the title or age of the person who died. What is understood is that the deceased was an older man from Backyard Grove who died from issues attributable to an an infection.

His case is considered one of 5 recognized symptomatic infections this 12 months, in line with county well being officers. There may be additionally one asymptomatic case, increasing the county’s total to six individuals, which is just one shy of final 12 months’s whole.

Half of the instances contain people 50 or older. They, together with people with preexisting well being issues, are on the best threat of significant issues.

Of the 5 symptomatic instances, 4 people in the end wanted to be hospitalized. Two suffered from the stronger neuroinvasive illness, which incorporates signs similar to extreme complications, neck stiffness, confusion, muscle weak point, imaginative and prescient loss and even the uncommon paralysis.

Well being officers advocate that anybody experiencing comparable circumstances search medical care.

Three others suffered the West Nile virus fever, which past its namesake has signs together with head and physique aches, nausea, fatigue and sometimes a pores and skin rash.

Orange County’s first case of the virus was reported in early August when a child was hospitalized.

What makes the West Nile virus tough to trace is that about 80% of individuals are asymptomatic, whereas many who do have signs by no means get examined. Orange County well being officers imagine the variety of precise instances is considerably increased than what’s examined.

Final 12 months, the county reported seven infections and one dying.

“West Nile virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring yearly throughout the summer time months and persevering with into the autumn,” mentioned Dr. Clayton Chau, appearing county well being officer, in an announcement earlier this summer time. “One of the simplest ways to keep away from West Nile virus an infection is to take precautionary measures to keep away from mosquito bites.”

Among the suggestions embody emptying all standing water on a property, ensuring home windows and door screens are correctly sealed, utilizing insect repellent, limiting outside exercise at daybreak or nightfall, and sporting lengthy sleeves and pants whereas outdoor.

Final week, Orange County’s Mosquito and Vector Management District sprayed components of La Habra with Large Space Larvicide Spray, or WALS, together with Extremely-Low Quantity, or ULV adulticide remedy. In accordance with the division, the motion was wanted “to handle the rise in mosquito abundance and threat of mosquito-borne illness” within the metropolis.

Fullerton and Buena Park additionally acquired therapies in August.