All About Zika Virus

Zika Virus

With a state of emergency being declared in four counties in Florida, the Zika virus has been thrust into public eye. Here is what we know about it so far:

What it is: It is a virus that is mostly mosquito born and shares a lot of characteristics with West Nile Virus (WNV). Remember we have seen a large rise in WNV cases here in Orange County California, with Santa Ana being at the outbreak epicenter. Zika is not a new virus, but it is starting to spread.

Symptoms: Fever, joint pain, rash, conjunctivitis, headache, and muscular pain. Less than 50% of those who are exposed develop symptoms. It is unlikely to cause death, according to the CDC.

Where it’s located: Right now it is seen in Central America, Africa, South Africa, Mexico, Puerto Rico, and the Caribbean, with some cases of exposed people bringing it into the US.

Why the scare? Brazil has seen a rise in cases of babies born with microcephaly, which leads to developmental issues. Officials think that the two issues may be linked. It may also be associated with Guillain-Barre syndrome.

Best Medicine: Avoid mosquitos & being bitten. If you are pregnant, rethink travel to these areas if it is a concern.

For more info go here: http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

For ways to avoid mosquitos go here: West Nile Virus

 

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REF:

http://www.cdc.gov/zika/

OC Update: West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus: OC Update

There have been more notices posted around the local parks and shared areas of Tustin (and Orange County) informing residents of the West Nile Virus (WNV).

West Nile Virus is a disease that is currently affecting Orange County with a larger than normal amount of cases. There have been 42 total reported cases in 2015, and 1 death attributed to WNV (updated: 10/8/15). Remember that mosquitos are the carriers of this disease and the best way to avoid it is to avoid getting bitten.

Here is a link to last year’s update on WNV, what it is, and tips on how to avoid it: West Nile Virus

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West Nile Virus

West Nile Virus Threat

Recently, there has been an increase in instances of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Southern California (Esp. the San Fernando Valley and Orange County). I have seen public notices posted in the parks recently warning of the threat of West Nile Virus. Here is some info about the virus, the current situation, and what you can do to stay healthy. 

What it is:

West Nile Virus is a mosquito-borne disease that originated in Africa, and has made its way to the US. People are infected through a mosquito bite from a mosquito infected with the disease (usually from feeding on dead birds).

Symptoms may include: fever, nausea, vomiting, body aches, and skin rashes. More severe symptoms, which attack the central nervous system, may also be present (usually effecting less than 1% of those infected). The only treatment for WNV is supportive care. If you have severe headaches, neck rigidity, and confusion seek emergency medical care immediately.

 

Threat Report:

San Fernando Valley: There has been one confirmed death due to West Nile Virus in the San Fernando Valley. The man was in his 60s and was first person to die from the virus this year in that county. There have been 428 cases to date, and 15 people have died statewide this year due to the illness. Also, Mosquitoes from this area have tested positive for West Nile Virus at a higher than average rate.

Orange County: In Orange County, there have been 3 deaths and 150 people infected so far this year. Santa Ana has been especially hard hit with 54 reported cases.

What you can do:

-Keep your immune system strong and avoid high-risk areas/times. Remember that there is no medication or vaccine for WNV.

-Stay indoors at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.

Wear mosquito repellant containing EPA-registered active ingredients such as Picardin, oil of lemon eucalyptus, IR3535, and DEET.

-Drain stagnant water from outdoor containers and reduce lawn water runoff. These are the places where mosquitoes lay their eggs.

-Keep your screens closed, and repair broken ones to keep mosquitoes out of your home.

-Report dead birds, which can spread the virus, to www.westnile.ca.gov

-Report mosquito problems or dirty, green pools/water to vector control district at (562) 944-9656 or online at www.reportmosquitoes.org

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