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Kern County Activity As of 12/17/2013  2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Human cases 140 2 19 15 18 25 25
Horses 4 0 0 1 1 2 1
Dead Birds 124 10 28 13 4 14 2
Mosquito Samples 206 7 138 277 389 571 181
Sentinel Chickens 82 18 104 86 140 74 12
Squirrels 0 0 1 0 0 0 0

West Nile Virus Activity by Jurisdiction, 1999 - 2014

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06/18/12
FIRST CONFIRMED HUMAN CASE OF WESTNILE VIRUS IN CALIFORNIA FOR 2012 70 year-old Kern County female resident has been identified to have West Nile Virus(WNV). This is the first confirmed case of human WNV in California this year, according to Claudia Jonah, M.D., Public Health Officer for Kern County.
7/31/09
First Two Human West Nile Virus Cases For 2009 Confirmed In Kern A 46 year-old female resident and 67 year-old male resident are the first two human cases of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Kern County to test positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) with symptoms this year, according to Claudia Jonah, M.D., Public Health Officer for Kern County.
7/10/09
West Nile Virus Activity Increasing Kern County’s West Nile Virus Task Force is reporting increased local activity in mosquito samples and positive dead birds with West Nile Virus. Only one human West Nile Virus infection was reported last year in Kern County. But this year’s West Nile Virus activity numbers may be an indicator that more human infections are inevitable unless the community remains vigilant.
6/10/09
First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pool And Bird Identified In Kern County For 2009 Dr. Claudia Jonah, Public Health Officer for Kern County, has announced that the Kern County Department of Public Health received confirmation today that a mosquito sample in Kern County has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV). This is the first mosquito sample found positive for the virus this year. The infected mosquito sample was discovered in a trap located in the 93314 zip code area.
11/7/08
One Confirmed Human West Nile Virus Case In Kern For 2008
One Kern County resident has been confirmed as a West Nile virus (WNV) case for 2008, according to Claudia Jonah, M.D., Interim Health Officer of Kern County. A local laboratory reported the West Nile virus-positive result to the Kern County Department of Public Health which sent samples to the California Department of Public Health Laboratory for final confirmation.
“Even though Kern County has reduced its human cases of West Nile Virus from 140 in 2007 to just one in 2008, every human case is taken very seriously and should remind all of us of the need to take personal responsibility in protecting our families from mosquito bites." says John Nilon, Director of the Kern County Department of Public Health. “It is only through a community effort can we effectively battle West Nile Virus."
10/3/08
Cooler Weather: No Reason to Discount Mosquitoes or Their Bite
The Kern County Department of Public Health is reminding residents that it is still important to take precautions to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes even in the coming cooler weather. “During cooler weather, mosquitoes mature more slowly than during the hotter days of summer,” says Dr. Jonah. “However, once adult mosquitoes reach maturity, they will feed as often as necessary to produce more eggs. Until we see daytime temperatures drop below 50 degrees, mosquitoes will continue to be a nuisance and potential health threat to the public.”

6/13/08
First West Nile Virus Positive Mosquito Pool Identified In Kern Country For 2008
Dr. Claudia Jonah, Interim Health Officer for Kern County, has announced that Kern County Department of Public Health received confirmation today that a mosquito pool in Kern County has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first mosquito pool found positive for the virus this year.
“While there are no human cases of the virus confirmed in Kern County so far this year,” said Dr. Jonah, “this is an indication that the potential for WNV activity still exists locally and we must all remember to use personal protection and eliminate sources for mosquito breeding to prevent the spread of the disease.”
The infected mosquito was discovered in a trap located in the 93314 zip code area.

5/23/08
Kern County West Nile Virus Strategic Response Plan
The Kern County West Nile Virus Strategic Response Plan is intended to provide guidance in protecting the county residents from infection with West Nile Virus (WNV) and reducing/eliminating the presence of WNV infection in the environment by: 1) Enhancing existing vector surveillance and control programs 2) Enhancing interagency communication 3) Educating the public on preventing their exposure to mosquitoes and the importance of eliminating mosquito breeding habitats.

5/21/08
West Nile Virus Town Hall Meeting To Be Held June 5, 2008
A community forum will be held on Thursday June 5, starting at 6:00 p.m., at the Kern County Administrative Office located at 1115 Truxtun Ave, to discuss and answer community concerns about the county's ongoing efforts to combat West Nile Virus. In conjunction with Supervisor Michael Rubio, representatives from Public Health, Environmental Health, Engineering and Survey Services, Aging and Adult Services and Kern Mosquito and Vector Control District will be on hand to describe their activities to prevent the spread of West Nile Virus. Please contact Adam Corral at 868-1286 for additional information.

3/25/08
1st Dead Bird Found In Bakersfield Tests Positive For West Nile Virus
Dr. Claudia Jonah, Interim Health Officer for Kern County, has announced that Kern County Department of Public Health received confirmation that a dead bird found in Bakersfield has tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV). This is the first confirmed positive test of WNV to be found in Kern County this year.
There have been no human cases of the virus reported so far in Kern County this year,” said Dr. Jonah.





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