Kern County officials announce 1st West Nile virus-related death of the year
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK —
West Nile virus is spread via infected mosquitoes. Most people, 80 percent, won't notice any symptoms if exposed to the virus.
Public Health didn't say whether the person had a medical condition that made them more susceptible to ill effects from West Nile virus.
“This serves as a reminder that the threat of West Nile virus should be taken seriously,” Public Health Director Matt Constantine said in a news release. “We strongly encourage residents to protect themselves and family members from mosquitoes.”
Public Health offered these tips to reduce exposure to infected mosquitoes:
- Do not allow water to collect and stagnate in old tires, flowerpots, swimming pools, birdbaths, pet bowls, or other containers. These are prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes.
- Keep swimming pools operating properly; drain water from pool covers.
- Stock garden ponds with fish that eat mosquito larvae such as gambusia, goldfish or others.
- Empty and scrub the walls to remove any attached eggs in birdbaths and wading pools weekly.
- Avoid mosquito-infested areas and use mosquito repellant on exposed skin.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants whenever you are outdoors, especially if you are older or have a weakened immune system.
- Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens in good repair to keep out mosquitoes.