Riverside County Has Largest Number of West Nile Virus Cases

Riverside County now has the highest number of West Nile Virus contractions in the state, having just surpassed Los Angeles County. In a statement last week, Department of Public Health Spokesman Jose Arball Jr. said there have been 100 confirmed and probable human cases of the virus, as well as five related deaths in Riverside.

Riverside authorities are now urging residents to take extra precautions to protect against infection. The Northwest Mosquito and Vector Control District, meanwhile, says it has increased its mosquito surveillance and is focusing its efforts on eradicating mosquito larva.

As always, authorities are asking people to eliminate any standing water and wear protective clothing at night. Residents should also check the window screens on their homes to ensure they are intact.

In Los Angeles County, which previously had the highest numbers, upwards of 93 cases and six West Nile-related deaths have been confirmed.

Read more about Riverside’s West Nile Virus problem here.

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