Holy shit, this is big news for you pool shredders out there on front lines of the pool hunt. Be aware, take precautions and stay as safe as you can. Cover your skin and wear repellent. And drain those pools!!! All that standing water is not helping the situation, get on it!!!
Combating the worst outbreak of West Nile virus ever recorded in Orange County, officials Tuesday will begin spraying targeted neighborhoods with insecticide in an attempt to stop the increasing number of residents infected by the disease.
County officials have been particularly alarmed by the amount of mosquitoes infected with the virus this year. On average, 10% to 20% of the mosquito samples collected in Orange County test positive for West Nile. This year, the rate has reached 80%.
The number of people infected with the West Nile virus in Orange County this year has increased to 91 as of Thursday, compared with a total of 12 cases in 2013. A Seal Beach woman in her 80s and a Huntington Beach man in his 70s were the first reports of people in the county who died from the virus this year.
At least nine people have died from the virus in California this year.
The virus is usually transmitted to humans from a bite by an infected mosquito and can cause flu-like symptoms and, in rare instances, death. For most people, the risk of serious illness is low. People 50 or older have the greatest risk of developing serious complications.
Santa Ana was selected as the first Orange County city to fog because it has “tested consistently positive for the virus over and over again,” Dever said. Officials are waiting to see how effective this week’s fogging will be before trying it in other hard-hit areas such as Anaheim, Fullerton and Orange.
So far this year, 37 California counties have detected the virus. At least 181 cases have been reported to the agency — a significant increase compared with the 101 cases reported by this time last year. The five-year average at this time of year is 56 reported cases.
Los Angeles County this year has reported 25 cases, including one death, with the largest numbers in the San Fernando Valley and the South Bay, according to the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
Health officials called on residents across California to take precautions, such as wearing insect repellent, limiting activity at dusk and dawn and draining “standing water” in flower pots, buckets and pools, which attract egg-laying mosquitoes.