On November 9, the Department of Health and Human Services in Long Beach, California, confirmed St. Louis’ first case of encephalitis since 1984.
On Thursday, the Department of Health and Human Services in Long Beach, California, confirmed the first human case contracting St. Louis encephalitis since 1984.
St. Louis encephalitis (SLEV) is a viral disease transmitted to humans through the bites of infected Culex mosquitoes. According to the Center for Disease Control, most people infected with SLEV have no symptoms. People who develop symptoms may experience fever, headache, nausea, vomiting and fatigue.
A news release from department health officials said the infected person was hospitalized, but is currently recovering at home. So far, no other cases have been identified.
“We are working diligently with health care providers to educate the community to prevent more cases of SLEV,” Long Beach Mayor Rex Richardson said in the release. “Mosquito control is a shared responsibility and residents must take an active role in reducing the threat of mosquito-borne diseases in their neighborhoods.
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As of November 2023, 12 more cases of SLE have been confirmed statewide in California. Mosquitoes that transmit the virus are most active at dusk and dawn, the statement also added.
The Ministry of Health continues to work with authorities to monitor the situation. At this time, no mosquito samples have tested positive for SLEV.
“The first confirmation of SLEV in Long Beach should remind us that we need to protect ourselves against mosquitoes,” said Health Officer Anissa Davis. East Bay Times. “The Department of Health encourages everyone to continue to report mosquito control issues in their area.”
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