(FOX 11 / CNS) A Santa Ana man has tested positive for West Nile virus, the first case in the Orange County this year, officials said Thursday.
The man — whose name was not released — was hospitalized in late June, but now is home recovering, Orange County Health Care Agency officials said.
There have been 10 reports of West Nile virus in the state so far this year. Last year, there were a dozen cases of the infection reported in Orange County, with no fatalities.
“West Nile Virus is endemic in Orange County, recurring every year during the summer months and continuing into the fall,” said Dr. Eric G. Handler, a County Health Officer. “The best way to avoid West Nile Virus infection is to take precautionary measures to avoid mosquito bites.”
Those measures include emptying all standing water on your property that can become breeding grounds for mosquitoes, maintaining secure windows and screens, using insect repellant, limiting outdoor activity at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active and wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants while outside.
Most people who get the infection do not feel symptoms, but about 20 percent can become feverish and feel headaches, body pain, nausea, fatigue and develop a skin rash.
More serious symptoms include, severe headaches, neck stiffness, confusion and muscle weakness or paralysis.
From Sandra Endo:
The first human case of west mile virus for this year hit a Santa Ana man.
He tested positive for the virus after being admitted to the hospital in June.
Last year, there were twelve human infections of the virus but no deaths related to the illness in Orange County.
Most people don't feel any symptoms if infected but 20 percent of people report having a fever, headache, body ache, nausea and sometimes a skin rash.
Ways to prevent contracting the virus which is spread by Mosquitos:
Get rid of standing water on your property where Mosquitos can breed.
Make sure door and window screens are working properly Avoid going outside at dusk and dawn when the insects are most active.
Wear bug repellent with DEET in it and wear long sleeves and pants when outside.
The Santa Ana man who was infected is recovering at home.