The California Department of Public Health announced on Monday that two people have died from contracting the West Nile Virus in Northern California.Â The deaths were reported in Glenn County and Yuba County.
The virus — which is transmitted to humans and animals by the bite of an infected mosquito — is in a peak period, the health department said.
â€œWe are still in a peak period of West Nile virus transmission in the state, so we urge everyone to take every possible precaution to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Karen Smith, director of the California Department of Public Health, said in a statement.
TheÂ California Department of Public Health has reportedÂ 56 human cases of the virus in 21 California this year. CDPH recommends that you protect against mosquito bites and WNV by practicing the “Three D’s”:
Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.
DAWN AND DUSK
Mosquitoes that transmit West Nile Virus usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.