West Nile virus detected in Fresno mosquitos

Health

FRESNO, California – Mosquitos in the city of Fresno tested positive for West Nile virus, the Fresno County Department of Public Health announced Friday.

The Consolidated Mosquito Abatement District notified the Department of Public Health of West Nile positive virus tests in adult mosquitoes collected from an area around portions of Fresno – specifically in the 93710 area code.

“This confirmation is a strong reminder that everyone should take this disease seriously and should take every precaution to protect themselves and their families from mosquito bites,” says Leticia Berber, health educator for the Department of Public Health.

The health department recommends that residents contact their local mosquito control district regarding standing water or mosquito problems, as well as to report any neglected swimming pools.

Neglected pools are a major source of mosquito production in urban and suburban areas, the health department said.

The Department of Public Health recommends protecting against mosquito bites and West Nile virus by practicing the “Three Ds”:

  1. DEET – Apply insect repellent containing DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus or IR3535 according to label instructions. Repellents keep the mosquitoes from biting you. Insect repellents should not be used on children under two months of age.
  2. DAWN AND DUSK – Mosquitoes usually bite in the early morning and evening so it is important to wear proper clothing and repellent if outside during these times. Make sure that your doors and windows have tight-fitting screens to keep out mosquitoes. Repair or replace screens that have tears or holes.
  3. DRAIN – Mosquitoes lay their eggs on standing water. Eliminate all sources of standing water on your property, by emptying flower pots, old car tires, buckets, and other containers. If you know of a swimming pool that is not being properly maintained, please contact your local mosquito and vector control agency.
    California’s West Nile virus website includes the latest information on WNV activity in the state.

The health department encouraged residents to report dead birds on its website or by calling toll-free 1-877-968-2473.

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