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First Human Case of WNV in Long Beach Announced
LONG BEACH — The first human case of West Nile Virus this year in Long Beach recently was confirmed. As of August 6, 2014, 35 human cases have been reported in 10 California counties, including Los Angeles (1) and Orange (6). There have been two West Nile Virus-related deaths this year in northern California.
The 61-year-old east Long Beach resident with diagnosed with the West Nile Virus has no known underlying health issues and is recovering well.
West Nile Virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. Signs and symptoms of WNV may include fever, body aches, rash, nausea, vomiting and headache. Most people infected have no symptoms; approximately one in 150 may develop more serious disease, such as brain inflammation or paralysis. Persons with these symptoms should seek immediate care.
Summer weather and drought conditions create an ideal environment for mosquito breeding. Residents should take the following precautions:
- Avoid mosquito-infested areas, especially at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Eliminate standing water on your property by dumping or draining water in neglected ponds, birdbaths, fountains, buckets, old tires or anything that can hold water. Dumping or draining water will interrupt the mosquito life cycle.
- Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants at dawn and dusk when mosquitoes are most active.
- Use mosquito repellant containing DEET, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus. Residents should follow repellant instructions on the label. Consult with your child’s pediatrician for appropriate concentrations of DEET to be used on children under the age of two.
- Keep tight-fitting screens on doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering homes and check to make sure your window screens are in good condition.
Maintain all swimming pools in a clean and sanitary manner, with all circulation and filtration equipment operational and chemical levels within recommended guidelines; drain water from pool covers.
- Limit the watering of lawns and outdoor plants to twice a week to avoid run off to gutters and around sprinklers. Do not over water plants or lawns to avoid creating pools of standing water.
- Report dead birds and dead tree squirrels to the California Department of Public Health at www.westnile.ca.gov.
Details: (562) 570-4132; www.longbeach.gov/health
Arrest Made in Connection with Multiple Burglaries
LONG BEACH — The Long Beach Police Department’s Robbery and Career Criminal Apprehension Team detectives arrested a suspect for his role in multiple West Division auto burglaries.
Between July 9 through July 19, multiple auto burglaries were reported in an apartment parking structure in the 400 block of West Broadway. On July 21, a residential burglary took place in the 600 block of Magnolia Avenue in which the homeowner was assaulted. While West Division patrol officers conducted their investigation, they recovered evidence related to the earlier auto burglaries. Detectives responded to interview witnesses and victims, and recovered additional evidence.
On Aug. 5, detectives arrested 24-year-old Michael Williams Jr. of Long Beach for his involvement in the residential and auto burglaries. Williams is on probation for burglary from a prior incident and remains in custody.
On Aug. 6, detectives served a search warrant in the 400 block of West 5th Street and arrested 26-year-old Altreon Capone Jordan of Long Beach for an unrelated outstanding 2010 murder warrant issued by the Sacramento Police Department. Jordan has been transferred to Sacramento Police Department’s custody.
On Aug. 7, 2014, detectives presented the case to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office who filed 12 counts of burglary, one count of assault with serious injury, and one count of theft of a firearm against Williams. His bail was set at $5 million.
Detectives believe there may be additional unidentified victims and/or witnesses to these crimes.
Anyone who recently witnessed or has been a victim of an auto burglary in the 400 block of West Broadway, is urged to call (562) 570-7464 or visit www.LACrimeStoppers.org.