Positive samples of West Nile in Chino

Staff Reports

According to the City of Chino, “57 Mosquito samples throughout the District have tested positive for West Nile virus this year. Chino has a total of 23 positive samples. We urge residents to be vigilant with mosquito bite prevention.” The following are some tips from the Center for Disease Control:

Are you planning to travel overseas? Protect yourself and your family from mosquito bites that can make you sick.

Mosquito bites can be more than just annoying and itchy. They can make you really sick. Protect yourself and your family when traveling overseas. Using insect repellent is the best way to prevent diseases like Zika, dengue, and chikungunya that are spread by mosquitoes.

Zika

Zika virus is primarily spread to people through mosquito bites. The most common symptoms of Zika virus disease (Zika) are fever, rash, joint pain, or conjunctivitis (red eyes). The illness is usually mild with symptoms lasting from several days to a week. Severe disease requiring hospitalization is uncommon, and deaths from Zika are very rare.

What do Zika, dengue, and chikungunya have in common?

  • Zika, dengue, and chikungunya are spread to people through the bite of an infected Aedes aegypti or Aedes albopictus mosquito.
  • Mosquitoes become infected with Zika, dengue, or chikungunya virus when they bite a person who is infected with one of those viruses. Infected mosquitoes can then spread one of these viruses to other people.
  • There are no vaccines or medicines for these diseases.
  • Once a person is infected with one of these viruses, he or she is likely to be protected from future infections.

Because Zika can cause birth defects in babies born to women who were infected with Zika virus during pregnancy, CDC recommends the following:

  • Pregnant women should not travel to any area where Zika virusis spreading.
  • Pregnant women who must travel to one of these areas should talk to their doctor first and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bitesduring the trip.
  • Women trying to become pregnant, and their male partners, should consult with their doctor before traveling to these areas and strictly follow steps to prevent mosquito bites during the trip.
  • Zika virus can be spread by a man to his sexual partners. Men who have lived in or traveled to an area with Zika and who have a pregnant partner should either use condoms or not have sex (vaginal, anal, or oral) during the pregnancy.

For further information, please visit the website at http://www.cdc.gov/features/stopmosquitoes