Long Beach health officials confirmed today the first human case of the West Nile Virus this year in the city.
As of last Friday, 78 human cases have been reported from 17 counties in the state, including 24 in Los Angeles, four in San Diego, and one in Orange. Two of those cases resulted in West Nile Virus-related deaths this year, according to a release from the Long Beach Health Department.
Officials did not release details on the victim or when and how they became infected.
The virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito, with signs and symptoms including a fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headaches, officials stated.
People 50 years of age or older and those with diabetes or hypertension have a higher chance of getting sick and more likely to develop complications.
Acting City Health Office Dr. Mauro Torno encourages residents to protect themselves by taking precautions such as avoiding mosquito-infested areas, draining or dumping water on properties, and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants if you plan to be outdoors.
Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Public Health by calling 1.877.WNV-Bird (1.877.968.2473) or online at www.westnile.ca.gov.