The West Nile Virus season in Santa Clara County is starting slowly this year, but officials warn that's no reason to for residents to relax on the recurring health risk.
West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito.
Apply mosquito larvicide, sometimes called mosquito "dunks", to areas of standing water that can not be drained.
Previous year there were 155 cases across the state. A person bitten by an infected mosquito might show symptoms within 3 to 15 days. This first non-human case should be a reminder, according to the health department, that the virus will be here for the rest of the summer and early fall, and that taking steps to prevent being bitten is the best protection from contracting the disease. In 2016, there was one human case of West Nile Virus in Milford.
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Residents are asked to report fresh carcasses of birds to the California West Nile Virus Hotline at westnile.ca.gov or by phone at 877-WNV-BIRD.
Make sure you have good screens on your windows and doors to keep mosquitoes out of your home. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue.
The district is asking residents who find fresh bird carcasses to contact the California West Nile virus hotline at (877) WNV-BIRD. The elderly and those with weak immune systems are the most vulnerable to the virus. The symptoms of neurologic illness can include headache, high fever, neck stiffness, disorientation, coma, tremors, seizures, or paralysis.
West Nile was found in both counties.