For Immediate ReleaseAugust 16, 2013
"This is the first 2013 case of West Nile virus detected in a person for Marin County. It is an important reminder to take precautions against mosquito bites," said Dr. Matt Willis, Marin County Public Health Officer.
West Nile virus is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito. The risk of serious illness to most people is low. However, some individuals – less than 1 percent – can develop a serious neurologic illness such as encephalitis or meningitis. People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications. Recent data also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.
To date in 2013, West Nile virus has been detected in 37 California counties with reported human cases of West Nile virus. “West Nile virus activity is greatest during the summer months,” said Willis.
Marin County Public Health recommends that individuals prevent exposure to mosquito bites and West Nile virus by practicing the “Three Ds”:
Please visit us online at www.marincounty.org/hhs for the latest updates on West Nile virus activity in Marin. California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on West Nile virus activity in the state. Californians are encouraged to report all dead birds and dead tree squirrels on the website or by calling toll-free 1-877-WNV-BIRD (968-2473).
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
3240 Kerner Blvd.San Rafael, CA 94901(415) 473-4163Email: Dr. Matthew WillisMarin HHS website