For Immediate ReleaseSeptember 16, 2015
Novato man recovering at home from mosquito-borne illness
San Rafael, CA – A 57-year-old man from Novato is the first human West Nile virus case confirmed from Marin County for 2015, according to Marin County Health and Human Services. Public Health officials said the man is recovering at home.
It is unclear whether or not the man contracted the virus locally because of recent travel outside of the county. People 50 years of age and older have a higher chance of getting sick and are more likely to develop complications. Studies also indicate that those with diabetes and/or hypertension are at greatest risk for serious illness.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, West Nile virus is most commonly transmitted to humans by mosquitoes. There are no medications to treat or vaccines to prevent infection. Most people infected will have no symptoms. About 20 percent of those infected will develop a fever with other symptoms, and less than 1 percent develops a serious, sometimes fatal, neurologic illness.
As a part of the Marin Sonoma Mosquito and Vector Control District's (MSMVCD) Integrated Vector Management program, mosquito populations are closely monitored with control strategies implemented as necessary. Additional surveillance methods are being employed in the in the vicinity of the Novato resident’s home. MSMVCD officials are asking that residents report mosquito problems to the district immediately.
“West Nile Virus is endemic in Marin County, recurring every year during the summer and into the fall,” said Dr. Matt Willis, County Health Officer. "The best way to avoid West Nile Virus infection is to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.”
Vector Control and Marin HHS encourage residents to take the following safety precautions to protect against mosquito-borne diseases:
Dr. Matthew WillisPublic Health OfficerHealth and Human Services
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