MERCED COUNTY, California (KSEE/KGPE) – Merced County health officials confirmed the first human case of West Nile Virus of the year.
The person infected is expected to make a full recovery.
Health officials say most people who become infected do not get sick at all, and the risk of serious illness is low.
In Merced County in 2018, there were two confirmed human cases of West Nile Virus infection with one case of West Nile Virus neuro-invasive disease. In 2019, there have been 62 confirmed human causes of WNV infection in California.
To avoid the risk of being infected, you have to reduce the risk of being bitten. To do that, the department of public health says to: drain all sources of standing water that can support mosquito breeding. Avoid outdoor activity at peak times when mosquitoes are most active, early morning and evening.
Lastly, protect yourself by wearing long sleeve shirts and pants during peak biting times and by using insect repellent containing the active ingredient DEET.