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O.C. confirms year's first case of West Nile

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

October 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Orange County has confirmed its first human case of West Nile virus this year. The county's Health Care agency said a man was hospitalized in late September tested positive for the disease, and is now recovering at home.

County officials said it's unclear if the man contracted the virus within the county.

Statewide this year there have been 66 reported case of West Nile Virus with one death.

West Nile is most commonly transmitted by mosquitoes that feed on infected birds. Most people who are infected have no symptoms but some have flu-like symptoms or a rash. However, West Nile can be deadly in rare cases, health officials report.

Recommended WNV precautions include:

  • Emptying all standing water on your property to reduce areas in which mosquitoes may breed
  • Making sure your window and door screens are in good condition
  • Using insect repellant containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or products containing IR3535, always following label directions
  • Limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active
  • Wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors
The Associated Press contributed to this report.