Pasadena Health Dept. Confirms Five West Nile Virus Cases

first_img More Cool Stuff Community News The Pasadena Public Health Department today announced that tests have confirmed five human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) this month in its jurisdiction. The last case of WNV previously confirmed by the Pasadena Public Health Department was in December 2012.WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting, and headache. Up to about 80 percent of people infected have no apparent symptoms and can go undiagnosed, according to the Centers for Disease Control. Severe cases, while rare, can include brain inflammation, paralysis or death.For more information on WNV, visit:Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov/westnileCalifornia’s West Nile Virus website http://westnile.ca.govThe Pasadena Public Health Department, www.cityofpasadena.net/PublicHealth, recommends that anyone exhibiting symptoms or who suspects they might have WNV should seek immediate medical care.To protect against WNV, it is important that the public take the following precautions to prevent the breeding of mosquitoes and to prevent being bitten:• Empty all standing water in containers left outside• Keep swimming pools clean with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and drain water from pool covers• Check for mosquito larvae in still water sources such as bird baths and ponds• Wear insect repellants containing DEET• Avoid areas likely to be inhabited by mosquitoes at dawn and dusk• Wear long sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors• Check window and door screens for holes• Report dead birds and squirrels to the West Nile Virus and Dead Bird Hotline at (877) 968-2473 or online at http://westnile.ca.govThe proportion of mosquitoes infected with WNV is at the highest level ever detected in California, health officials said. The risk of infection is also highest at this time of year, especially during summer weather and drought conditions.Health Department staff travel throughout the City at least once a week to treat gutters, puddles, pools, and other free-standing water sources water that serve as prime breeding grounds for mosquitoes. The Department also collaborates with the Pasadena Police Department to use police helicopters to look for stagnant pools and green standing water.For vector control information; to receive free mosquito fish to prevent breeding, or to report a green pool or still water source, call the Department’s Environmental Health Division at (626) 744-6004.Stay connected to the City of Pasadena! Visit us online at www.cityofpasadena.net; follow the city on Twitter @PasadenaGov, www.twitter.com/pasadenagov, and like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cityofpasadena. Or call the Citizen Service Center, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (626) 744-7311. Business News News Feature Stories Pasadena Health Dept. Confirms Five West Nile Virus Cases Published on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 | 2:39 pm Subscribe 0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Community News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Top of the News center_img HerbeautyTop 9 Predicted Haircut Trends Of 2020HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyPriyanka Chopra’s 10 Year Challenge Pic Will Surprise YouHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyZac Efron Is Dating A New Hottie?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyTop Important Things You Never Knew About MicrobladingHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Make a comment Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena First Heatwave Expected Next Week Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website last_img