Man infected with West Nile in Echo Park area

Photo by James Gathany |CDC

Photo by James Gathany |CDC

ECHO PARK — County health officials are warning residents to take extra precautions against mosquitoes after an elderly man from the Echo Park area was hospitalized with West Nile Virus last month. It was the first human case of the season reported by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.

The man, who was hospitalized in late June, is now recovering at home.

“Elderly persons and other people with weak immune systems are at highest risk of developing severe illness,” said Jeffrey Gunzenhauser, Interim Health Officer for Los Angeles County, in a statement. “Protect yourself from mosquitoes by using insect repellent containing an effective ingredient such as DEET, and eliminating any stagnant water around your home where mosquitoes can breed.

Last year, 24 of the 300 persons infected with West Nile in Los Angeles County died from the virus, according to county health officials. Most of the patients were older adults.

Given the recent case, Echo Park residents need to be “particularly diligent in using personal protection and reducing mosquito breeding sites,” according to the county health department.

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  1. Thanks for reporting. The Centers for Disese Control and Prevention (CDC) has excellent information at:


  2. I understand it is not recommended to put DEET mosquito repellent on infants less than 2 months old. I would think Mosquito Netting and/or electric fans would help in that case?

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