For Immediate Release: September 7, 2012
Contact: Deanne Thompson, 714-834-2178, firstname.lastname@example.org
WEST NILE VIRUS ACTIVITY INCREASING IN ORANGE COUNTY
(Santa Ana) – West Nile Virus (WNV) activity is increasing in Orange County, with a total of six human WNV infections reported through September 6. Included in the total are 3 probable cases and 3 confirmed cases, including 2 positive blood donors who did not develop symptoms. Most of these cases experienced an onset of symptoms in mid- to late August, indicating a recent increase in activity.
County Health officials say that in previous years WNV infections have been reported through the end of October. “West Nile Virus is a serious disease that is largely preventable by taking basic precautions,” said Dr. Eric G. Handler, County Health Officer. “While we should begin to see a decrease in West Nile Virus activity as temperatures cool, it is important to continue to take active steps to prevent mosquito bites and reduce the risk of West Nile Virus infection.”
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