ORANGE COUNTY (KTLA) — A 61-year-old woman in Orange County has died of West Nile virus, the first person in the county to die from the disease since 2008.
The death was reported on Monday by the Orange County Health Care Agency.
The woman died of West Nile Neuroinvasive Disease last week after being ill for several weeks, the agency said in a news release.
It wasn’t immediately clear where the woman was from, or where she contracted the virus.
A total of 39 cases of West Nile virus infections have been reported in Orange County this year, the highest figure since 2008, according to the OCHCA.
There have been 148 cases of West Nile in Los Angeles County this year, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
Ventura county has seen only four cases, while Riverside County has had 19 and San Bernardino County has had 31, CDC figures show.
West Nile virus is a virus that is most commonly spread by the bite of an infected mosquito.
It affects the central nervous system and can cause a potentially serious illness with symptoms including fever, headache, and body aches, nausea and vomiting.
You can reduce your risk of West Nile by taking steps to prevent mosquito bites, including:
-Draining standing water from around your home (which can serve as mosquito breeding sites)
-Using insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 on exposed skin
-Limiting outdoor activities from dusk to dawn, which are peak mosquito biting times
-Making sure screens on your windows and doors are in good shape to keep mosquitoes out
For more information, visit: http://www.ochealthinfo.com/epi/wnv/