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    More West Nile Virus Infected Mosquitoes Locally & Now In SD & Central & Northern CA

    (July 23, 2004) -- Just days after news that West Nile Virus (WNV) has claimed the life of a 57-year old OC man, making him the first Californian to die from the mosquito-borne virus, the CA Dept. of Health reports five more human cases from San Bernardino (3) and Riverside (2) Counties, bringing this year's human cases to July 23 in southern CA to 40, broken down as follows: San Bernardino County (23), Riverside County (8), Los Angeles County (8) and Orange County (1).

    Of the 40 cases to date, 19 are classified as West Nile fever, 18 are classified as West Nile neuroinvasive disease (encephalitis or meningitis) and 3 are of unknown status.

    Eight new CA counties have detected WNV in dead birds : Butte (1), Kings (1), Mendocino (1), Sacramento (4), San Diego (1), San Joaquin (1), Santa Clara (1), and Tulare (1); thus bringing the yearly total to 980.

    A total of 94 mosquito pools (groups of trapped mosquitoes, "pooled" and tested collectively) tested positive for WNV in the past week from the following Counties: Los Angeles (30), San Bernardino (23), Riverside (15), Orange (14), Imperial (6), Kern (3), Fresno (2), and Stanislaus (1) counties. The mosquitoes from Kern, Fresno, and Stanislaus counties represent the first positive mosquito pools from these counties.

    We zoom in on southern CA below. The purple asterisks show WNV-infected mosquitoes reported July 23 for the preceding week. Black balls indicate previous positive mosquito pools. (Gray balls are monitoring sites that haven't shown positive mosquitoes...yet).

    We no longer report dead bird results because they are almost certainly under-reported officially. As previously reported by, the CA Dept. of Health Services has indicated it no longer wishes to test dead birds from zip codes that have already had two or more WNV infected dead birds. As of July 19, these zip codes included LB 90804, 90807, 90808, 90815, Lakewood 90712 and 90713, Hawaiian Gardens 90716, Cerritos 90703 and Downey 90240, 90241 and 90242 among roughly 100 zip codes in L.A. County alone.

    Recent coverage:

    First West Nile Virus CA Human Death Is In OC

    So Many West Nile Virus Dead Birds, Gov't Agencies Stop Testing Them In Various Zip Codes Including Some In LB; Phone Reports Still Welcome

    Seven Human West Nile Cases ID'd in L.A. County, Some Leading To Encephalitis and Meningitis, All From "Eastern Region" of County

    Residents Urged To Take Protective Measures At Evening Muni Band Concerts Due To West Nile Virus; Other Sobering Info At Council Briefing on WNV

    LB Dead Crow Toll Mounts, Dead Birds Increasingly Prevalent As West Nile Virus Spreads

    West Nile Virus Infected Mosquitoes Found In Vicinity of Alamitos Bay Marina & PCH/Westminster area; Numerous Infected Dead Crows From Zips 90808 and 90815, Also Lakewood Zip 90713

    LBUSD Sends Updated West Nile Virus Prevention Tips To Principals for Distribution to Staff & Parents; We Post Text

    Kell Agendizes Report On City's West Nile Virus Efforts

    West Nile Virus Watch:

  • LB Dept. Of Health Received Multiple ELB Resident Reports Re Standing Water In Untended Swimming Pool; Didn't Return Phone Calls; Didn't Refer Reports To County Vector Control And Didn't Ensure Follow Up
  • ELB Neighbors Now Say They've Got Mosquitoes En Masse, Can't Be Outside At Dusk And Just Found A Dying Crow
  • Incident Follows Other Reports of Standing Water in ELB Streets, Gutters

    First LB West Nile Virus Infected Mosquitoes Found Vicinity Heartwell Park

    West Nile Virus Warning Signs To Be Posted in El Dorado, Heartwell Parks

    Two New West Nile Virus Dead Crows From LB (90807 & 90804) + Three From Lakewood (90712 and 90713) + Two From Hawaiian Gardens (90716)

    LBUSD Administrators Alerted to West Nile Virus Prevention Tips

    Dead Crows, Possibly West Nile Virus Infected, Increasingly Visible in Cerritos

    West Nile Virus Warning Signs Posted @ Lakewood Golf Course & Bolivar Park in Lakewood

    Ground Zero For West Nile Virus: See Maps Showing WNV Totals & Recent WNV-Infected Dead Birds

    It's Here: Dead Crow w/ West Nile Virus ID'd in LB; Residents Again Urged to Take Precautions

    ELB Email to Cites Add'l Standing Water

    More WNV Infected Crows in Cerritos...And First CA 04 Human Case in San B'dino County

    West Nile Virus Expert Says We're In Midst Of Largest Mosquito-Borne Virus Outbreak in North American History & Biggest West Nile Virus Outbreak Ever Documented in the World

    Editorial: Biting Back: Our Suggestions Re WNV in LB

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