First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Sample has been Identified in Orange County
August 5, 2019
Orange County’s first West Nile Virus (WNV) positive mosquito sample of the season was identified last week in the city of Orange through routine trapping and testing by the Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD). No human infections have been identified so far this season in Orange County. WNV positive mosquitos and/or dead birds have already been identified in the surrounding counties of Los Angeles, Riverside, and San Bernardino, and San Bernardino has reported one human infection.

For Providers:
  • Health care providers should consider WNV infection in patients with prolonged fever or acute neurologic illness.
  • Clinical Description: The incubation period is usually 2 to 6 days after a bite from an infected mosquito. Most symptomatic WNV cases have an acute febrile illness. Symptoms also include headache, malaise, arthralgia, or myalgia, and occasionally nausea, vomiting and/or a maculopapular rash. About 1 in 150 WNV-infected persons develops neuroinvasive disease, which can manifest as encephalitis, aseptic meningitis, acute flaccid paralysis, and/or transverse myelitis.
  • Testing for WNV: Testing for WNV should include serum WNV IgM and IgG, with CSF IgM when a lumbar puncture is performed. Because serum WNV IgM may be negative early in the course of disease, repeat serology may be indicated if initial testing was done within 8 days after the onset of illness.
  • Surveillance of West Nile Virus in the community: Report all WNV infections to Orange County Public Health by phone (714-834-8180) or fax (714-564-4050) within 1 working day. For more information on vector surveillance, please visit the OCMVCD web site at http://www.ocvector.org/.
  • Avoiding mosquito bites is the best way to prevent WNV infection:
  • Eliminate standing water which can serve as mosquito breeding sites around the home or workplace.
  • Ensure windows and door screens are in good repair.
  • Use an insect repellent containing active ingredients registered with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency when outdoors. Active ingredients include DEET, picaridin, and oil of lemon eucalyptus. Natural bug sprays may not be effective against mosquitoes. For more information, visit http://www.cdc.gov/westnile/faq/repellent.html.

Contact Information:
If you have any questions or concerns please contact the  Communicable Disease Control Division at (714) 834-8180.
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