From the daily archives: Thursday, September 6, 2012
IMPERIAL COUNTY – The Imperial County Public Health Department announced today that an Imperial County male has tested positive for West Nile Virus (WNV) in preliminary tests and a confirmation from the State is pending.  This makes him the seventh human case since the WNV was first detected in the region in August 2003.  There have been no human fatalities due to WNV in Imperial County.  The individual was found to have West Nile after a visit to a local healthcare provider and is now recuperating at home. 
“It is important that people remember that although West Nile is not new to the area, everyone needs to continue taking the necessary precautions to avoid mosquito bites such as wearing mosquito repellent and eliminating mosquito breeding sources around their homes,” said Stephen Munday, M.D., Health Officer.  “Although we are nearing the end of summer right now, we still have more warm weather ahead of us so we urge the public to continue taking personal precautions to protect themselves and their families from West Nile Virus.”
Most individuals who are infected with WNV will not experience any illness.  Others will have only mild symptoms, such as fever, headache and body aches.  However, WNV can be severe in the elderly and individuals with lowered immune systems. This year the State of California has reported a total of sixty-nine human cases of WNV, compared to thirty-three at the same time last year. 
WNV is transmitted to humans and animals through a mosquito bite.  Mosquitoes become infected when they feed on infected birds.  Human-to-human transmission of WNV generally does not occur.  However, human WNV infection was associated with blood transfusions and organ transplants in 2002. 
Individuals can reduce their risk of mosquito-borne diseases by taking the following precautions:
  • Limit time outdoors during dawn and early evening.
  • When outdoors, wear loose fitting, light colored, long-sleeve shirts and pants when mosquitoes are most active (during dusk and dawn).
  • Apply insect repellent that contains DEET, Picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus according to label instructions.
  • Make sure that doors and windows have tight fitting screens.  Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  • Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property that can support mosquito breeding, including broken or abandoned pools and fountains.
  • Contact Vector Control if there is a significant mosquito problem where you live or work.
For general information about WNV in Imperial County please contact the Imperial County Public Health Department at (760) 482-4WNV or to report a problem with mosquitoes or to report a green pool please contact Environmental Health at (760) 336-8530.  For information about WNV, visit the Web site:
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María Peinado, Public Health Information Officer
Imperial County Public Health Department
935 Broadway, El Centro, CA 92243
Tel:  (760) 482-4461 Fax: ( 760)  352-9933

By Luke Phillips
   Holtville residents and others around the region could get a chance to be on national television and maybe make some money too as the History Channel show ‘American Pickers’ heads our way in the near future.
“This program is looking for collectors in our area that might be willing to sell to them, and participate in the program,” Imperial Valley Film Commissioner Charla Teeters said in an email to the Tribune. “Please spread the word and if someone or somewhere you know in our valley seems to fit the bill.”
For those unfamiliar with the show, ‘American Pickers’ is a documentary series about two ‘antique pickers’ named Mike Wolfe and Frank Fritz who travel all over the country looking for rare, collectible and interesting antique items.
According to a press release issued by the History Channel and shared by the Imperial County Film Commission this week, the show “offers a fascinating insight into what it’s like to be the men on the ground who are on the frontlines of the antique industry.”
“The show follows the pickers in their truck as they go on a mission in search of America’s most fascinating and valuable antiques – treasures that have been long forgotten in junkyards and barns across the country. The team tracks down unique and interesting items from motorcycles, classic cars and bicycles to one-of-a-kind vintage memorabilia,” the press release reads.
“We’re caretakers of treasures and the stories behind them,” says Wolfe.
There’s no word on exactly when the pickers will be in the area, but they have released a list of items they will be looking for and are urging any collectors in the area to contact them if they own anything on the list. As anyone who watches the show already knows, the pickers often offer large sums of money for interesting antiques.
Items on the pickers’ ‘wish list’ include motorcycles, motor scooters, bicycles (pre-1960s), old toys, pre-1950s vending machines, pinball and slot machines, old movie posters, unusual radios, antique casino/gambling machines, vintage movie memorabilia, vintage advertising items, taxidermy, vintage concert posters & t-shirts, early Boy Scout items, pre-1960s vintage diner collectibles, pre-1960s TV merchandise, Pre 1950s western/equestrian gear, classic motorcycle memorabilia, sports memorabilia, casino tables, Houdini items, old rodeo items, airline collectibles, late 1970s & earlier military items, extraordinary mobster memorabilia, vintage police officer collectibles, firefighter collectibles, pre-1940s telephones, folk art, vintage BB guns/cap guns, early Halloween items, pre-1940s Christmas items, Hawaiiana/Tiki collectibles, vintage sports collectibles, vintage election memorabilia, musical instruments, civil war antiques, vintage gas pumps, pre-1970s neon signs, strange woodcarvings and vintage collegiate collectibles.
The pickers are specifically NOT looking for farming/agriculture items, tools, glassware, appliances, tractors, crocks, stoves or country primitives.
If you have a large collection or want to refer someone to the ‘American Pickers’, email your name, phone number, city and state, along with a description of your collection to Include photos if possible. You can also call and leave a message at (646) 493-2184.

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