West Nile virus hits Colusa woman
The first human case of West Nile virus in Colusa County this season was confirmed last week.
The woman is recovering at home, outside the Colusa Mosquito Abatement District boundaries, according to a statement from the Colusa County Health and Human Services Department.
West Nile can be fatal, however, less than 1 percent of infected people will develop serious illness.
According to the Department of Health, 20 percent of people who are infect will develop mild symptoms such as fever, headaches, body aches, joint pain, vomiting, diarrhea or rash, which typically develop from three to 14 days after being bitten by an infected mosquito.
"Eighty percent of people will never know they have it. Their body will recognize it as foreign and develop an immunity to it," said Dr. Lou Anne Cummings with the Health Department.
Two human cases of the virus were also confirmed in Sutter County on Friday and an elderly man in Glenn County was confirmed to have the virus in July.
Deaths related to West Nile have been reported this season in Los Angeles and Sacramento counties, according to the state West Nile virus website.
"The West Nile virus is a reportable condition throughout the state so anytime we get a human case, the labs are required to tell us of the case. That allows us know about measures to reduce the risk," Cummings said.
She said the biggest concern for prevention is decreasing risk of mosquito bites.
"(The) fewer the mosquito bites you get, the lower your risk," Cummings said.
How to prevent mosquito bites
• Use DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535.
• Avoid going outdoors at dawn and dusk.
• Ensure screens on doors and windows are not broken or torn.
• Drain all standing water around the outside of your house..