HANFORD, CA - - The Kings Mosquito Abatement District’s is reporting a significant increase is West Nile virus activity in the City of Lemoore. Over the last few weeks several dead crows reported by the public have tested positive for West Nile virus. Additionally, several mosquito samples collected by the District in the City of Lemoore have also tested positive for WNV over the last week.
“We are very concerned about the rapid increase in activity,” said Michael Cavanagh, District Manager. “We are considering all options available to prevent human infection, including aerial and ground based fogging.”
Although District staff is larviciding all known breeding sites on a regular basis to reduce the mosquito population, this includes over 185 neglected swimming pools, the District is urging the public to help prevent mosquito breeding by dumping or draining water from containers. One bucket can produce hundreds of mosquitoes daily; one swimming pool can produce thousands.
To date, 11 mosquito samples and 6 dead crows have tested positive for West Nile virus in Kings County.
Since 2005, 48 people in Kings County have been diagnosed with West Nile virus- including 3 deaths.
The Kings Mosquito Abatement District urges residents to take the threat of West Nile virus seriously. By following these few steps they can help prevent mosquito breeding and guard against mosquito- transmitted illnesses:
Protect yourself against mosquito bites by using a repellent with an effective ingredient such as Deet, Picaridin, or Oil of Lemon Eucalyptus.
Prevent mosquito breeding by ensuring pools and spas are properly maintained, emptying containers that hold water, and making sure outdoor facets are not leaking.
Prepare your home- make sure window screens and screen doors are in good repair.
Kings Mosquito Abatement District is located at 10871 Bonney View Lane in Hanford, CA. Call the District to report mosquitoes, or Dead Birds, at (559) 584-3326. Free mosquito fish are available to the public between the hours of 7:30a.m. to 4:00p.m. at the District office.
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