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    Aug. 20: LB Has Three Human West Nile Cases, NOT Fatalities

    (August 20, 2004) -- has learned that there are three current confirmed cases of people with the mosquito-borne West Nile Virus (WNV) in the City of Long Beach.

    The cases are not fatalities; they're alive.

    The current case total was confirmed for by LB Acting Health Officer, Dr. Helene Calvet. Further details were unavailable.

    LB has had a fourth case, an 88 year old woman who succumbed to the disease on August of six deaths in CA to date (the most recent a Pico Rivera man).

    Authorities say roughly 80% of people bitten by a West Nile Virus infected mosquito won't display symptoms. Of the remaining 15-20%, some develop what are described as flu-like symptoms. Authorities say overall roughly 1 in 150 people bitten by a WNV-infected mosquito may develop serious neuroinvasive illnesses (encephalitis or meningitis).

    The CA Dept. of Health Services reports:

    As of August 20, 2004 , a total of 249 WNV infections have been reported from the following local health jurisdictions: San Bernardino (96), Los Angeles (81), Riverside (51), Orange (8), Imperial (1), Kern (4), Fresno (2), Tulare (1), Ventura (1), Butte (1), Lassen (1), Merced (1), and Yolo (1) counties.

    Sixteen of these WNV infections were initially detected in asymptomatic individuals through screening done at blood banks- one of these individuals later became symptomatic. Of the 234 WNV cases with symptoms, 97 are classified as West Nile fever cases, 93 are classified as West Nile neuroinvasive disease, and 44 are of unknown status.

    The median age for all cases where data was available = 51 years (range: 2 91 years). Median age for West Nile fever cases = 46 years (range: 9 84 years). Median age for West Nile neuroinvasive disease cases = 59 years (range: 15 91 years). 149/234 (64%) of the cases are male.

    There have been six fatalities to date in California in Orange (1), San Bernardino (2) and Los Angeles (3) counties.

    The CA Dept. of Health Services says WNV has now been detected in 48 of CA's 58 Counties.

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