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By Jim Shilander

Reported cases of West Nile Virus among humans, along with incidents of dead birds found to have the mosquito-borne disease, are rising in the county, according to a release from the Orange County Vector Control District last week.

As of Aug. 4, nine people were infected with the virus, the Orange County Health Care Agency reported.

Of the 82 dead birds found this year, a plurality, 33, came from Santa Ana, as did four of the reported human cases, according to OCVCD. However, birds have also tested positive for West Nile as far south as Irvine, Costa Mesa and Newport Beach. A human case was also reported in Laguna Niguel.

The county’s first case was diagnosed on July 10. The Santa Ana man, who tested positive for the virus, was admitted to the hospital and later released. He is now out home recovering, the health agency said.

County health and vector control agencies are urging residents to take precautions to prevent infection, including conducting routine property inspections for mosquito-breeding sources.

Residents should look for any standing water around the house or neighborhood and either remove the water source or contact OCVCD for help. Health officials also said residents can use insect repellant, wear long-sleeve shirts and pants and to avoid being outside from dusk to dawn.

If a dead bird is found, residents are asked to call OCVCD at 714.971.2421.

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  • Dear Jim Shilander. Please give me a call 949 388 1827. I was at the OCHCA last week when the news vans were there, I was dropping off 6 spiders for identification, thought to be either Sac or Recluse species. I have been bitten several times by these spiders at work, as night security guard at Fountains at Sea Bluffs, Dana Point. Over 7 years and 20 doctors later, I have experience the powers of Neurotoxins’ growing in my metabolism, neurology and nervous system – there is no treatment that I know of. I will likely die this year, or be in so much pain … Dr. Kevorkian is on my bucket-call list.
    Your article fails to say, “Be on the lookout for symptoms” (examples) If you think you are bitten see a doctor immediately, for time is not on your side. Emergi-care techniques you may use to draw out the bacteria, etc. Oh, and one other thing, most Orange County doctors know nothing about Infectious Disease; or was my experience with spider venom / house centipede venom / Anaphlaxis emergency sysmtoms, etc. And would be nice to refer experts in the field, as far as I know, only Loma Linda Hospital Network / doctors treat venom for snakes. Chances are our county doctors are not prepared for the W. Nile Virus disease.
    Please tell us if these nine people are still suffering. Long term side effects of the virus may become systemic, problematic to several anatomical, biological functions. ( as in … long term ). I suffer from work place Infectious Disease, “Industrial Disease”. All my requests for treatment were denied by Hartford Ins. and Sedgwick Ins. as they know it is near impossible to test for the insect virus diseases ( i.e., tick, house centipede, spider, wasp, bee, ant, mosquito, etc.) They use this omission technique by doctors to simply walk away from onset of severe long term reactions. One reason doctors want you to pay attention when you are bitten, to save the insect – whatever species it is!
    Please forward a copy of this letter to the OCHCA people you met with, especially Laura Kruger / Director Entomologist who has been helping me so very intently. I would like a report about each of the 9 sick cases, how they progress, up or down side effects, history of anaphylaxis and testing techniques to reveal the intensity of the viral spread that does or does not lead to death. Thank you for your article, DaveBartholomew at cox dot net or call. (anyone?)

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