July 13, 2020
LONG BEACH -The first human case of West Nile virus (WNV) this mosquito season was reported in Long Beach the week of July 6. The patient, in their 60s, was diagnosed with neuro-invasive illness and is now hospitalized.
This is only the second reported case in California this year, after the first human case of the season was reported in Stanislaus County. No mosquitoes in Long Beach have been found to be positive for WNV thus far this season.
WNV is transmitted through the bite of an infected Culex mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people who become infected have no symptoms. However, approximately one in 150 may develop a more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care.