First case of West Nile Virus reported in Fresno County

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The Fresno County Department of Public Health has announced the first positive West Nile Virus human case in Fresno County.

“Confirmation of this case is a strong reminder that everyone should increase efforts to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” states Dr. Ken Bird, Fresno County Health Officer.

As of June 25th, there have been 9 cases of the West Nile Virus in California. Last year, in the state there were a total of 553 cases with 44 deaths and in Fresno County there were 13 cases with zero deaths.

The Health Department says to reduce the risk of being bitten by mosquitoes carrying the West Nile Virus follow these steps:

-Apply insect repellents that contain DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR 3535

- Make sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes

- Repair or replace screens that have holes

-Eliminate standing water and containers that can hold water from around the home

-Contact mosquito abatement districts to report poorly maintained swimming pools or water features that appear green

Residents can visit the Fresno County Department of Public Health website at to download a “Heard the Buzzzzz?” brochure, which contains steps to protect their family, their home, and their community from WNV. The brochure is also available in Spanish or Hmong.

Residents can also call their mosquito abatement district representative or visit, or for more information.

To report dead birds and dead tree squirrels, visit the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) website at or call 1-877-WNV-BIRD.

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