The first mosquitos with West Nile virus in 2011 have been detected in Rindge Tract, west of Interstate 5 and north of the Calaveras River in Stockton.
West Nile can be deadly, as shown in 2005, when Acampo resident James Rodgers, 86, died from complications of the virus.
In response to West Nile being detected, the San Joaquin County Mosquito and Vector Control District will expand its surveillance and control mosquito populations on all private and public lands within the county, according to district spokesman Aaron Devencenzi.
Residents are urged to eliminate standing water on their property, apply insect repellent containing DEET or Picaridin when outdoors, and avoid being outside when mosquitoes are most active — at dawn and dusk. They are most active the first two hours after sunset.
Officials also advise wearing long pants and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors and making sure that doors and windows have tight-fitting screens.
For more information, call 209-982-4675 or 800-300-4675, or visit www.sjmosquito.org.
Contact reporter Ross Farrow at firstname.lastname@example.org.