Fortunately for those of us in the Northeast, the end of the Mosquito season is nearly upon us. But for those in warmer climates, I would advise protecting themselves & those around them. It is still not confirmed that Mosquitoes that are actually in California are vectoring WNV, but elimination of breeding pools/standing water, long sleeves, repellents, & timely outings are still the best bet for now. ____Steve______________________ First probable case of West Nile virus declared in Orange County Published 6:50 p.m. PDT Tuesday, October 8, 2002 SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) - A 70-year-old man who had recently traveled to Nebraska has been reported as the first probable case of West Nile virus in Orange County, health officials said Tuesday. The man, who was not identified, likely was bitten by an infected mosquito and carried the virus back to Orange County, said health officer Mark Horton. The patient has since recovered and tests to confirm the virus' presence are expected to take 10 days to two weeks, Horton said. "Since this is an imported case, one contracted outside of California, there is no reason for concern among the general public," he said. "It does serve as a reminder that we should take precautions to control mosquitoes by eliminating standing water and use mosquito repellents to avoid this and other mosquito-borne diseases." The man became ill last month and was hospitalized for aseptic meningitis, which is an inflammation of the tissues covering the brain and spinal cord, said Dr. Hildy Meyers, medical director of epidemiology with the Orange County Health Care Agency. In most human cases of West Nile virus, victims are stricken with flu-like symptoms. In about one in 150 cases, infection is more serious and can cause death. So far, 2,768 human cases of West Nile have been reported in 35 states, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nationwide, the CDC has confirmed 146 deaths. Tests last month confirmed that a Los Angeles County woman who fell ill in August had West Nile virus, but the origin remains unknown. The woman has since recovered and returned to work at a courier company near Los Angeles International Airport.