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Deadly West Nile Virus Will Continue Into The Fall

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West Nile virus is going around San Diego County. It's serious and can be fatal. In Orange County, two people have died from the illness. Locally, there have been 10 confirmed cases of West Nile. This is a reminder for everyone to protect themselves and take precautions.\r\n\r\n"It's a serious disease if you're older or immunity comprised, otherwise the risk of it is fairly small," Mid-City Community Clinic Dr. Aaron Zaheer said.\r\n\r\nLast week, Orange County health officials confirmed the deaths of a 72-year-old woman and a 64-year-old man from the West Nile virus.\r\n\r\n"There's a total of 10 confirmed human cases in the county right now, and we're over 300 birds, closer to 400 now," Supervising County Vector Ecologist Chris Conlan said.\r\n\r\nCongan says this is the time people need to be careful.\r\n\r\n"It's definitely peak season for this virus right now and people really do need to take some precautions," he said.\r\n\r\nSome of those precautions include avoiding getting mosquito bites by using an insect repellant.\r\n\r\n"I recommend DEET because that's what has been shown to work well, there's a lot of data for it," Zaheer said.\r\n\r\nBut Conlan says there's a variety of repellants to choose from.\r\n\r\n"There's new ingredients, oil of lemon, eucalyptus, pitcareian, IR-3535, all endorsed by disease control," he said.\r\n\r\nAvoid being outside at dawn and dusk.\r\n\r\n"Avoid the outdoors at the peak feeding periods," Zaheer said. "Wear long sleeve clothing, clothing that covers you as much as possible."\r\n\r\nThe county is actively working to stop the spread of the virus. One way is setting mosquito traps.\r\n \r\n"We usually put these trap out at multiple locations each week throughout the county," Conlan said.\r\n\r\nBut according to Doctor Zaheer, only about 1 in 150 people will have severe symptoms including \r\n\r\nBut even if you get a mosquito bite, that doesn't mean you'll come down with the illness.\r\n\r\n"Most people who are infected by WNV will have no symptoms at all," Zaheer said.\r\n\r\nAnd remember: always get rid of any standing water around your house, and report stagnant water to the county.\r\n
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